Betula lenta

Common name: Black Birch

Native plant

Betual lenta is the largest producer of the oils that product wintergreen of any other species of birch in nature. Got bad breath? Take a sprig and chew with confidence that your aroma has improved. A birch from further east that tends to like moist but well-drained slopes and soils. It is much more of a tree that the others in the "sweet" birch group, with heavier limbs and higher canopy. Great for yards with moist(ish) soils that need a secondary shade tree but not a primary. It has been very hardy in our area.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

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

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Uncompacted Urban Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Wetlands

Growth form

Single trunk, Low branched

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
51 Feet
Mature width
30 Feet
Max height
67 Feet
Max width
50 Feet

Additional information

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

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