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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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Yards that Flood


Moist Woods, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
30 Feet
Mature width
20 Feet
Max height
40 Feet
Max width
30 Feet

Additional information

Great for Screening/Border Plantings Loved by birds Rain garden suited

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