Sweet Birch (Betula lenta)
Betula lenta, or Sweet Birch, is a 50-55' tall aromatic tree that can reach up to 80' tall. The tree features a brownish-black, scaly bark with reddish-brown stems. It appears conical-shaped when young and globular once it has mature. Its foliage color change based on season. In the summer, they are green, and in the fall they are yellow. Catkins, which are cylindrical flower clusters with little to no petals, can be found on the tips of branches and bloom around April-May. Male catkins hang downwards and female catkins face upwards to disperse seeds. Sweet Birch is also a food source for pollinators, forage for insect larvae, and a habitat for birds and small mammals. It is tolerant of clay soils and salt.
Plant in moist and well-drained soils in partial to full shade. Sweet Birch also has sap, so avoid pruning in the spring if preferred to keep sap.
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