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Sweet Birch

Sweet Birch

Betula lenta

Featured Plant Category: Keystone Species, Pollinator Plants

Height: 1.5 - 2'

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: Green-Yellow, Red

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Moist to dry, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Part shade to Full shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Other Names: Betula lenta, Black Birch, Cherry Birch, Mahogany Birch, Spice Birch

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$21.99

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Description

Keystone Value: The genus Betula (Birch) supports over 400 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Sweet Birch (Betula lenta) is a medium to large sized deciduous tree that grows naturally in woodlands, preferring north-facing slopes and moist soils. The flowers attract native pollinators, and the foliage turns a showy golden-yellow in the fall. Sweet Birch twigs have a strong sent of wintergreen when scratched. It was once harvested extensively to produce oil of wintergreen, and was borderline endangered until the 1950s-60s  when synthetic oil of wintergreen was developed. Its sap can be used to make birch beer as well as a strong syrup that resembles molasses. Sweet Birch is a larval host plant for the Mourning Cloak Butterfly (shown above), among others.


 

Additional information

Height

1.5 – 2'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color

Green-Yellow, Red

Soil Moisture

Medium

Soil Type

Moist to dry, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Part shade to Full shade

Hardiness Zone

3,4,5,6,7,8

Other Names

Betula lenta, Black Birch, Cherry Birch, Mahogany Birch, Spice Birch

Shipping Information

We now ship from two locations!

Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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