Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)


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Yellow Birch grows to 15 – 25 meters tall, with large spreading and drooping branches. Its lifespan is generally around 150 years, but some trees can live up to 200 years. The bark of yellow birch is very attractive, and the long drooping branches are almost as poetic as those of the weeping willow.

Yellow birch does well on sites that are shady and moist. This accords with its other common name – swamp birch. It is commonly found in mixed forests with beech, sugar maple, basswood, and hemlock.

The wood of yellow birch is valuable for timber, but the trees can also be tapped for their syrup in the same manner as sugar maple.