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Betula lenta / Black Birch / Sweet Birch

Betula lenta / Black Birch / Sweet Birch

Regular price $75.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $75.00 USD
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The widespread North American native tree, Betula lenta grows up to 75 feet tall. This birch has brownish-black bark, as opposed to the white bark of the Paper Birch (Betula papyrfera). However, the bark and twigs of this tree have an unbelievably strong wintergreen scent when scratched; “wintergreen oil” has been commercially harvested from this species. Also the fermented sap is an ingredient in birch beer. Betula lenta is an important food and habitat provider for wildlife, and is resistant to the bronze birch borer, which can quickly destroy other birch species. Grows in full sun to part shade. Plant in rich, moist, well-draining soils. Do not prune until summer when the sap has stopped flowing.


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Plant Delivery

Plant delivery is free within the City of Beacon. Delivery is not available outside the City of Beacon.

Plant Pickup

Plants ordered online can be picked up at our Nursery at 3 Old Glenham Rd, Beacon, NY 12508. You will receive a confirmation email when they are ready for pickup.

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