Sweet Birch

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A beautiful eastern U.S. native, the Sweet Birch Tree (Betula lenta) features a wide range of gorgeous landscape appeal! Even before growth explodes in spring, the brownish-black scaly bark and reddish-brown stems shine in the winter landscape. Earning the Sweet Birch common names like Black Birch, Cherry Birch, or Mahogany Birch due to the resemblance the bark has to Cherry trees.

Then spring fills out the lithe branching with fresh, toothy green foliage and decorated by pendulous male and female catkins, with the female fruit maturing in fall. The twigs, when scraped, have a strong scent of wintergreen, giving it another common name - the Spice Birch. The yellow fall color rounds out your season.

These trees can be tapped similarly to Maple trees and can be boiled the same as Maple sap, but its syrup is stronger in flavor. It can also be used to make Birch Beer! The oldest has been confirmed as 368 years old!

Planting and Application:

Light and airy branching that brings a lively motion to the garden with the slightest breeze, Sweet Birch lends dappled shade to the landscape and are incredibly ornamental lawn trees and specimen plantings. Great in groups of 3 or 5 for a naturalized look, or plant a single tree as a fantastic front yard accent or anchor for your foundation plantings, you cannot go wrong with this hardy native.

Bird-friendly trees, the buds, blooms, and seeds support songbirds and numerous insects, which Insect-eating birds feast on and also feed their hungry chicks. The branches shelter and provide nesting sites too!

Shade a patio or seating area with a Sweet Birch or include them in a shelterbelt or biodiverse mixed border planting. Not minding moisture and widely adaptable once established, native Birch Trees can handle occasionally wet soils and even drought.

  • Lush Ornamental Green Leaves
  • Cut Spring Catkins & Fall Seedpods
  • Golden Yellow Fall Color
  • Reddish Bark Exfoliates & Peels With Age
  • Long-Lived Shade, Specimen & Bird Habitat
  • Traditional Source of Favoring Birch Beer

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Sweet Birch Trees are hardy throughout USDA 3 - 8, and grow best in full sun, part shade, and even full shade! Provide a well-drained moist site, these trees are widely and wildly adaptable! Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster and a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch over the soil surface to support the root system for life. Prune these trees in the early spring after the leaves bud to prevent sap from dripping.

Growing quickly when young, these are very long-lived specimens! The bark doesn't take on the traditional peeling appearance until trees are much more mature.

  • Full Sun & Adapts to More Shade
  • Versatile in Most Well-Drained Soil Types
  • Moist to Wet Conditions & Drought Tolerant
  • Prune Later In Spring
  • Hardy Natives & Deer Seldom Bother Birch Trees

A choice addition to your backyard and boosting local ecology in your area, the native Sweet Birch Tree will provide generations of shade, beauty and habitat! Order now at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Sweet Birch Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3 - 8
Growing Zones 3 - 8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Betula lenta
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 60 Feet
Mature Spread 30 - 50 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green Catkins
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No