yellow birch - betula alleghaniensis
Common Name: yellow birch, golden birch
Hardiness Zone: 2 to 7
Height: 60 to 75 ft
Width: 50 to 75 ft
Description: Yellow birch wood is often used in the building of cabinets and other wood furniture. They are the longest living native birch species, often reaching 150 years old, but can live longer than 300 years. The trees can grow to be quite large, normally 75' but can reach 100'. The leaves and twigs, when crushed, will emit a wintergreen aroma. Wintergreen oil is sometimes distilled from the bark and stems. These trees, while not used on the landscape very often, have a great fall color. Yellow birch’s peeling bronze bark gives it visual appeal even in the winter.