Don't plant river birches

Despite what local nurseries might tell you, River birches are not a good tree to plant in Nebraska. Not only do they get an iron deficiency called chlorosis, they are a favorite for Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles are a recent epidemic to Nebraska and can kill branches or an entire tree by defoliating the tree. If you do have a Riverbirch, treatments can be done, but they are costly. Although we don't do any planting, feel free to ask us for a recommendation on what to plant in your landscape.