Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Sweet Birch finds a home* on the cool north and east slopes of mountain woods. It shows off in fall with its golden-yellow color–among the best of the birches–and in winter with the sheen of its young bark. Its fragrant foliage and twigs were historically a source of wintergreen flavoring.
*It is not reported in DC. It is common in DE. It is scattered throughout PA. In VA, it is common in the mountains, infrequent in the Piedmont, and rare in the Coastal Plain. It is native in NoVA except in Prince William County.
Print Version (Legal Size): Betula lenta (Sweet or Black or Cherry Birch)
Learn more about other Mid-Atlantic plants: Tried and True Plant Fact Sheets