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Horse Chestnut vs Sweet Birch (Black Birch)

Aesculus hippocastanum

Betula lenta


Horse Chestnut
Sweet Birch (Black Birch)

Horse Chestnut is a medium sized deciduous tree that is native to Greece but has been grown in North America for hundreds of years. It produces large nuts.

A top CO2 absorbing species. Experts think this tree may help climate change more than others.

Sweet Birch (Black Birch) is an attractive tree with a rounded shape native to Eastern North America that would be a good addition to landscapes. It has a conical growth shape when young and as it ages the shape becomes more rounded. When the leaves, shoots, or bark are crushed they give off a sweet scent, which is what gives the Sweet Birch its name.

In early spring, the trees can be tapped and the sap used to produce syrup or fermented and made into birch beer. Pollinators and birds are attracted to the Sweet Birch as the pollen and seeds serve as a good food source. In the fall, the leaves turn golden yellow which will brighten your landscape.

The inner bark has a strong wintergreen scent and has been used to produce oil of wintergreen. Small twigs and bark of the tree can be boiled in water to make a tasty Sweet Birch tea.



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Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 11 m (35 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: golden yellow
Nuts: large spiky nuts
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

Toxicity: most parts of plant are toxic

Other Names: cherry birch, liliental, mahogany birch