Sweet BirchBetula lenta 40-80' x 35-45' Also called Cherry Birch or Black Birch.
Graceful horizontal branches on a medium-sized tree with a rounded irregular wide-spreading crown. Glistening smooth reddish-brown to black bark forms scaly plates on mature trees. Lustrous dark green foliage turns splendid golden-yellow in fall.
The best birch for birch beer, brewed from its copious sap. One of the main sources of oil of wintergreen. Chew the dormant twigs, or brew a delicious tea from twigs and leaves. Also valued as beautiful furniture wood.
Pendulous 3-4" catkins dangle from the shiny bronze branches in spring. Prefers deep rich moist slightly acid well-drained soils, but adapts to most conditions except heavy clay. Sun to part shade. Native to eastern U.S. Z3. Maine Grown. (2-4' bare-root trees)
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