Scientific Name: Betula lenta Form: Pyramidal - widely
Common Name:cherry birch, sweet birch, black birch Texture:Medium
Family Name:BetulaceaeHabit: Upright
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous Mature Size (ht. X w.):10 - 15m x 10 - 15m
Origin: U.S. - northeast, Canada - eastern Hardiness Zone:Zone 3: (-40 to -34 C)
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Pinnate venation, Soft flexible, Pubescent, Elliptic, Ovate, Double serrate, Serrulate
Flowers: Catkin (ament), Yellow, Brown, Mar- Apr
Fruit: Samara, Brown, Jun- May
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Full sun
Soil or Media:
Landscape Uses: Woodland margin, Forestry, Erosion control, Shade tree
Key ID Features:Bark non-exfoliating dark with wide, cherry-like lenticels (horizontal and wide), smooth and dark reddish-brown when young, becoming dark gray and scaly with age; leaves elliptical to ovate, 5-10 x 4-8 cm, margins finely single toothed or irregularly double toothed. Winter ID: bark; twigs smooth, reddish with strong wintergreen smell; buds also smooth (not hairy) and diverging from twigs.