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Sweet Birch
Betula lenta

Native to eastern North America, this tree is also called Black Birch, Cherry Birch, Mahogany Birch, and Mountain Mahogany. The bark of this species, unlike most birches, is dark brown, rough, and cracks into irregular plates. When bruised, its twigs have the odor of wintergreen and in the past this tree was a primary source of this fragrant oil.

Habitat:Forested coves.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, straight-trunked, growing up to 18 m tall.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring.
Longevity:Moderate.
Presence in US:AL CT DE GA KY MA MD ME MS NC NH NJ NY OH PA RI SC TN VA VT WV
Presence in Canada:ON
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