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A genus of 60 trees and shrubs known for their beautiful glossy bark, often exfoliating, in shades of white, pink, amber or brown.
Yellow Birch is native to northern hardwoods and the provincial tree of Quebec. It is a medium-size tree with an irregular crown. Leaves are dark green, egg-shaped, pointed at the tip, and serrated, turning yellow in autumn. The light-gray or shiny golden bark is smooth on young trees, becoming a dark yellow-gold and separating into thin, papery shreds; breaking into ragged plates as the tree matures. It is a lovely sight seeing the sun playing on the shredded gold bark.
Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds $4.25
Black, Sweet or Cherry Birch
This species was at one time the only source of oil of wintergreen. It is the aroma of wintergreen emanating from crushed leaves and broken twigs to which this birch owes its common name, sweet. Its specific name, lenta, is derived from the tough yet flexible twigs that characterize the species. The wood is also unique. When exposed to air it darkens to a color resembling mahogany and, in times past, was used as an inexpensive substitute for the more valued tropical wood. Native to eastern North America, it is a fast-growing medium-sized tree with a broad, spreading and round crown. The shiny, toothed green leaves reliably colour a uniform golden yellow in autumn. Mature bark is black and plate-like, non-exfoliating. Resistant to bronze birch borer.
Cold treatment recommended.
30 seeds $4.25
Native to eastern North America, preferring dry barren uplands, also moist soils, in mixed woodlands. Gray birch is a small, fast-growing species, often multiple-trunked in habit and with drooping branches. Bark is non-peeling, grey to very chalky-white. Attractive shiny, dark-green foliage turns yellow in fall. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Easy warm germinator.
50 seeds $4.00
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