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     A beautiful specimen and shade tree, Yellow Birch is the tallest birch in North American and one of the most beautiful of the hardwoods.


     In the open, it forms a large canopy with yellowish, peeling bark turning a medium brown with age.  It is a great tree for an open area or as part of a wooded garden.  In the wild Betual alleghaniensis often grows with Paper Birch, Northern Red Oak, Hop Hornbeam, Sugar Maple and Witch Hazel.


     Like all Birch, Betula alleghaniensis is considered a Keystone Plant because it supports hundreds of lepidoptera caterpillars including the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Mourning CloakRed-spotted Purple


     Woodpeckers, sparrows and chickadees eat the seeds, and hummingbirds and hawks nest in its branches.


     Fun fact: The twigs taste like wintergreen, and the tree can be tapped for sap, although the sap contains less sugar than sap from the Sugar Maple.

Birch, Yellow

3 Gallons
    • Latin: Betula alleghaniensis
    • Pollinator value: Medium (wind)
    • Wetland status: FAC
    • Height: 60-80 feet; 20-30-foot width
    • Light: Sun to part shade
    • Soil: moist, well drained
    • Bloom: Goldish yellow spring catkins
    • Fruit: Winged nutlet
    • Foliage: Deciduous yellow fall
    • Landscape: Lawn, woodland, pollinator garden
    • Resistance: Wet soil
    • More information and native range here
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