Betula lenta - Sweet Birch
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.
- 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
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)
The foliage and snapped twigs of Sweet Birch smell similar to wintergreen.
Grows best in moist, well-drained soils.