Betula alleghaniensis

Common name: Yellow Birch

Native plant

A moderate to fast-growing birch that prefers moist garden soil and some protection. You must be prepared to water because it does not tolerate drought (4 weeks of no rain). This birch is the most shade-tolerant of its family, needing only a few hours of sunlight. Should be planted in an area of the yard that is readily accessible so you can break off a twig. The broken twigs smell and taste like wintergreen. The pioneers would harvest 60 saplings (however big that was!) for one quart of wintergreen essence.


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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $22
11 to 24 units $19
25 or more units $16.50
Pricing information per unit for 15 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $90
11 to 24 units $80
25 or more units $75

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period




Growth form

Single trunk

General information

Mature height
30 Feet
Mature width
20 Feet
Max height
40 Feet
Max width
30 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color

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