Betula lenta - Sweet Birch

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Full SunPart Shade Butterfly FriendlyBird Friendly Fall Color 

DESCRIPTION

Sweet Birch
Betula lenta

Easy to grow, this fast-growing native tree takes on a tight pyramidal form when young before broadening out as it matures. Catkin-like flowers in spring and golden fall foliage color are showy for wooded landscape edges. A key plant for native butterfly life cycle and native songbird feeding.

BENEFITS
  • Outstanding form for any native landscape
  • Important food source for many native butterflies
  • Attractive golden-yellow fall foliage
  • Seed is an important native songbird food source
  • Great cover and nesting for native songbirds
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Moist, rich, acidic woodland soil areas from Maine to northern Georgia west to Mississippi and to Ohio

 

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

INTERESTING FACTS

The foliage and snapped twigs of Sweet Birch smell similar to wintergreen.

 

GROWING TIPS

 Grows best in moist, well-drained soils.

Mature Size: 40-45' T x 20-25'W

Hardiness Zone: 3-7 

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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