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Sweet Birch (Black Birch)

Sweet Birch (Black Birch)

Sweet Birch (Black Birch)

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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
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 11 m (35 ft)
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: low

Other names: cherry birch, liliental, mahogany birch

Tags: All Items, Birch, Deciduous Trees, Fall Colour, Fast Growing Trees, Native North America Plants, Native Ontario Plants, Salt Tolerant, Shade Trees, Wildlife Attracting

Ships to Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes

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