New Western River Birch tree

kristie73(z5 Co Springs)April 26, 2014

I've decided on a Western River Birch multi trunk tree (Betula occidentalis). I have a space in my side yard that I've tried two different spruce trees and they both died. :(. I think the spot gets too wet or maybe I've planted too deep. My side yard is all river rock. It's a spot close to the front yard that gets sprinkler water in the lawn and I think that front yard lawn water is keeping the side yard spot saturated. So I like the multi stem look, that it may go nicely with the baby blue spruce and Alberta spruces planted nearby. Since this spot seems moist from nearby lawn watering despite not having any drip lines there I think this birch will be good. But since I've had two trees die, I'm anxious for something to grow quickly and I don't want this one to die. Any tips?
I attacked a photo. It's the space on the right about the center of the open space. The other side of the back fence is the front lawn.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

are you calling the picea pungens a baby ... or is it a dwarf cultivar ...

see link for planting guide .... lets discuss how you wandered from the suggestions there ...

in the mean time.. what is your base soil.. clay???

how did you plant it ...

potted or ball and burlap ...

is the dry river aesthetic or for a purpose????


basically.. all you have said.. is that they died.. if you want us to try to figure out why ... then we need more facts ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 10:28AM
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kristie73(z5 Co Springs)

I think the other trees (Colorado blue spruce and white fir) planted died because of too much water or planted too deep. They were all potted. The baby blue is not dwarf that was the name on the tag. The soil is mostly clay with some sand. The dry river was both aesthetic and there is a slope and a path that water was already running down. It serves a purpose.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 2:21PM
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kristie73(z5 Co Springs)

The Colorado lasted a few years but was small. The Fir only lasted a year and it was small. So they didn't cost much money, but now I'm investing in a 15 gallon River Birch.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 2:30PM
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