Cherry birch

Silhouette - cherry birch
  • Latin name: Betula lenta L.
  • French name: Bouleau flexible
  • Synonym(s): Sweet birch , black birch
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 19487
Description

Buds

  • Lateral bud and leaf scar - cherry birch

Form

  • Mostly hairless
  • Diverging from the twig

Twigs

Form

  • Strong wintergreen flavour

Flowers

  • Twig terminal with pollen catkins in winter condition - cherry birch

Structure

  • Monoecious

Fruits

  • Fruit scale (left); winged nutlet (right) - cherry birch

Form

  • Scales hairless

Length

  • Scales 6–12 mm

Bark

Colour

  • Dark cherry red to almost black, with age becoming greyish

Size

Height

  • To 20 m

Range

One confirmed site in southern Ontario, at Port Dalhousie near St. Catharines,
on the south shore of Lake Ontario

Photos
  • Cherry birch
Distribution map
Distribution map - cherry birch
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