Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
One of the birch trees suitable for planting in Northern Virginia, Betula lenta is more tolerant of heat and drought than some northern birch species. However, it can still become stressed in extreme summer temperatures and humidity and stressed birches are more prone to diseases and to the bronze birch borer. Although its bark is not as showy as other birches, its fall foliage displays the best golden-yellow color.
Sweet Birch, also known as Black or Cherry Birch, finds a natural home on the cool north and east slopes of rich mountain woods. Its reliable golden-yellow fall color is the best of the commonly cultivated birches. Historically its fragrant foliage and twigs were a source of wintergreen flavoring for medicine and candy.
Print Version: Betula lenta, Sweet or Black or Cherry Birch
Learn more about other Mid-Atlantic plants: Tried and True Plant Fact Sheets