Betula lenta - Plant
Description for Betula lenta
The wood of sweet birch is medium heavy, medium hard and dark brown with a little red. Sapwood is light brown or yellow. The wood, which tends to warp, slowly gets darker after it is exposed to air.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|river birch||brown or yellow||April to May||40.00 to 70.00 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Easily grown average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade.
|Full sun to part shade||well-drained soil||Medium to wet||7Â° C (45Â° F)||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Betula lenta
- River birch is perhaps the most culturally adaptable and heat tolerant of the birches. Prefers moist, acidic, fertile soils including semi-aquatic conditions, but also tolerates drier soils.
- Consider using soaker hoses and bark mulches to keep the root zones cool and moist. Adapts well to heavy clay soils of Missouri and will tolerate poor drainage.
- Avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running.
Typical uses of Betula lenta
Special features: Over time, furniture made from sweet birch looks like mahogany, and its wood is stronger than mahogany and black cherry.
Culinary use: Commercially in the past for production of oil
Medicinal use: In every form, birch makes an excellent tonic and detoxifier, mainly working on the urinary system to remove waste products, as in kidney or bladder stone, gravel, gout, and rheumatism.
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