This White Birch is beautiful! Yellow birch will smell of wintergreen but with a bitter, somewhat astringent taste. Earlier than oaks and ashes for sure, and in autumn their leaves turn with just a bit of cold (pale yellow) but sometimes hold on the branches for a while. Thanks for reminding me about Poplar balsam. Native Americans used the leaves and bark to treat a variety of ailments, but the best known non-timber product from black birch is birch beer. I just made another pot of sweet birch tea to drink. I’m sure that some readers will disagree whether one tree or another is fragrant or odiferous, as smell is a personal thing. Lyme, NH 03768 Unfortunately, though, birch sap is even waterier than maple sap (100:1 sap-to-sugar ratio vs. 40:1), and you have to boil the heck out of it to get anything. What about mimosa trees? Joined Aug 8, 2008 Messages 470 Location PA. Mar 18, 2009 #16 Can really feel the moisture coming out of the ends already. No obvious Thyme plant growing nearby. Adahy Kuksaholic. Is the black birch susceptible to nematodes or other diseases? Affiliate Link Disclosure You may be thinking of the creosote bush, especially if it was an Arizona rain. Sweet birch (Betula lenta) also known as black birch, is a tree native to Eastern North America. At present, it is uncommon in northern New England and northern New York state. In recent years, black birch has filled in where hemlock woolly adelgid, a deadly non-native insect, has taken out the hemlock. P.O. I sell various wood products, wild mushrooms and edible wild plant items through my site. Feb 15, 2015 Since that time, black birch has rebounded and coincidentally has benefited from several other trees’ misfortunes. Keep up the great work!! These rock-bound trees do not make good sawlogs, but they add great interest to the landscape. I remember this tree while growing up in the woods of Pennsylvania. How will it do in southeastern CT on the shore? I love black birch for any type of burning, especially cold nights and need overnighter wood. The tiny seeds can be blown long distances across snow and are eaten by small birds. I found out that the 10 acres I just bought is full of Black Birch. This is a re-assembly of a two hundred year old American Saltbox House that was used by the iron works community in the area. Although black birch bark looks a lot like black cherry, both when young and old, its three- to four-inch ovate leaves are wider, with more prominent veins. Now black birch grows best in the southern Appalachians, but perhaps soon it will be happier throughout the Northeast. Joined Sep 12, 2010 Messages 9,545 Likes 403 Location Upstate, New York. Thanks. I will be making use of it for several things for sure. Here are my favourite Fragrant trees, and some less popular Odiferous trees. Had to remove a stand of black birch at a site for the future home of the Ramapo Saltbox Environmental Research Center in Ramapo New York. Often referred to as cum trees in the south, they have a fresh scent that is quite unique. Northern Woodlands assumes no responsibility or liability arising from forum postings and reserves the right to edit all postings. It was really magnificent. sweet birch Betulaceae Betula lenta L. symbol: BELE Leaf: Alternate, simple, pinnately-veined, ovate, with an acute tip and cordate base, singly or irregularly doubly, sharply serrate margins, 2 to 4 inches long, petiole is stout and pubescent, dark shiny green above, paler below. Once dry, it is stable and holds its shape. In flower and fruit, black birch is clearly a birch. Smells great when processing. A lot of neighborhood sidewalks by the lake are filled with Catalpas, and it’s an unmistakable scent. Sweet Birch (Betula lenta) also known as Black Birch, Cherry Birch, Mahogany Birch, or Spice Birch, is a tall and graceful tree with bright green leaves and dark reddish-brown aromatic bark. I don’t mean the obvious showy flowering trees but the hidden olfactory wonders in leaf, bark and seed. Though they were being phased out, a few wood-fired stills continued to operate into the 1950s, a while after it was discovered that oil of wintergreen could be made synthetically from wood alcohol and salicylic acid – without using either black birch or wintergreen. Mike. As a native of Wisconsin, the sweet birch was a new idea for me when I relocated to the East 15 years ago. D. david78 ArboristSite Member. Slick. Birch is a hardwood tree closely related to beech and oak. Got to love that fresh wintergreen scent. It Smell Like Bitch In Here is an exploitable image macro series depicting Tyler the Creator, Jasper, Lionel and Taco from the Adult Swim TV sketch show Loiter Squad sitting in chairs while Earl Sweatshirt yells at them during a “Beyond Scared Straight” parody. However, it only takes 9-12 mo. One of the very best choices, especially for colder regions, is the Black Birch, also known as the sweet birch or spice birch for the sweet smell of its bark. Have I missed out one of your favourite or least favourite smelling trees? ↑ top A forester friend walked my woods and was supersized to see these trees. In exploring our acreage we have found many stands and are excited to see it flourishing here. I have heard of black birch trees, but they aren’t that abundant where I come from. The smell could be black birch (or yellow) but the bark description is NOT yellow birch. @Tim Young well that's the funny thing about birch.. their supposed to have black spots. Six years later I have my forest logged but those were spared. where can I find them? My favourite smell of all, but I can’t ID the plant. Black cherry and pin cherry twigs have an acrid vanilla-like smell when scratched. Box 270 I grew up in Phoenix, and that is the smell of rain to me. One thing I would take issue with, however, is the comment that black birches are going to become more successful because of their ability to grow up above the fern later. Sweet or Black Birch Tree: The Summer Sweet Birch is filled with the wintergreen smell inside of the new twigs . 16 On the Common It is also known as Mountain Mahogany, Sweet Birch and Cherry Birch. Thanks for the great article. The tree is known for its generally light-colored bark in shades of gray, yellow, white, silver or occasionally black, which peels in … Common walnut ( Juglans regia ) and black walnut ( Juglans nigra ) leaves have a characteristic and strong smell that is difficult to describe. According to Sweep's Library .com, BB has the same BTU/Cord as White Oak at 24.2 MBTU/ cord. Which tree in tennessee smells like cinnamon and has leaves like a palm. Special mention to the modest but much loved river poplar tree ( ” grâce et mélancolie des arbres fluviatiles… ” said Marcel Proust) whose trembling silvery leaves evoke for me the gentle murmuring of the ever rolling waves..diffusing a pervading sweet aniseed fragrance which sends back to ancient memory, the lost paradise of my infancy…by the sandy riverside of Ardêche…. You can’t smell their leaves up close, but from a distance, it’s almost like honeysuckle. 10. Saved a few seed so maybe I can grow some more. Before there were dry kilns that make it possible to tailor a drying schedule to suit different species, black birch had a bad reputation for its insistence on warping, but now this trait has been conquered, and sometimes it is just mixed in with yellow birch at the sawmill. My little business is called "Birch & Burlap", so I'm always looking for Birch scented FO! Black birch is a beautiful tree as its bark resembles that of black cherry: lustrous, smooth, and dark red on young trees, and black, with loose, curled, scaly black plates on old trees. Just wanted to pass along that the gypsy moth was not the downfall of the once mighty Chestnut. Dry white birch burns up very quickly making a poor choice for BBQ wood IMHO. Birch bark can be soaked until moist in water, and then formed into a cast for a broken arm. Research showed that it is this black birch. If you contact me I can get you some inner bark. | Terms of Service | Privacy PolicySite by eBree Design. Learn how your comment data is processed. The buds, twigs, and catkins provide food for grouse, deer, hare, and squirrels. Once someone asked if it was just the scent of freshly cut grass, but I don’t think so-it’s very sweet! The leaves have grown some and darkened a bit since spring; however they still have the same elliptical, saw toothed look that I saw in the spring. Whoops, what I wanted to ask you is if you know what kind of brambly looking hedge plant smells of citrusy mint only in the rain. The scent of wintergreen can be easily detected all the way down to the base of the tree. Betula lenta, or Black Birch, is a native tree species found throughout much of eastern North America and also referred to as Sweet birch or Cherry birch. I did eventually look it up so I can give her the correct low down about the tree. Many years ago, I tapped some Black Birch trees on my family’s land, and I got about one gallon of sap per hour per tap from the trees. Incredibly heavy, dense wood. (further studies from here). Birch firewood produces 20.2 million BTUs per cord, giving it one of the highest energy contents in wood. It is one of the species that has replaced American chestnut where chestnut once was a major component of the forest, and oak stands killed by gypsy moths now have more black birch. Not seen at sawmills anywhere and wondered why such gorgious wood is not timber harvested. I wonder what it was mainly a remedy for. The inner bark, as any twig-chewing child can tell you, is delicious and fragrant: its wintergreen taste is from the very same oil found in Gaultheria procumbens, a small, creeping forest plant also called wintergreen. Black Birch is probably the most desirable firewood within the Birch family because it produces the highest heat because of its dense fibers. Anyway, the ‘cutting crew’ worked in a very cold time late this past winter taking down the black birch and the aroma was so powerful and so wonderful that they all had to stop and take it in. Black birch is a lovely tree and produces beautiful wood that darkens with age, so no reason to begrudge its recent or anticipated successes. Thanks for the information on the sawmill statistics. Read Posts about forest science and silvology, Copyright © Gabriel Hemery 2010-2020. As this tree seems to produce large amounts of sap. Asero R. Effects of birch pollen-specific immunotherapy on apple allergy in birch pollen-hypersensitive patients. The bark of yellow birch will have small curls of material similar to paper birch but thinner, with a golden hue. (Not a weed, it is planted on purpose). Although black birch bark looks a lot like black cherry, both when young and old, its three- to four-inch ovate leaves are wider, with more prominent veins. Creative Commons License. As a result, it is not common to use Black Walnut as firewood. Having given it some attention in the Ulster County Catskills over the last six or seven years, I can report the following:  (1) in this region it makes tremendous growth, developing on the forest fringe like aspen but also able to thrive in density like maple or beech; (2) when dry, it is absolutely superior firewood, comparable to hornbeam or hophornbeam, better than ash or oak; (3) it is often described as “hard and heavy”, and it is—sharp sawblades are a must; (4) it mills well but does tend to warp, check, or move when air-drying, limiting the possibilities of longer boards or wider planks; (5) the subtle grain, pale hue, and considerable strength make it just right for contemporary tastes in flooring, cabinetry, etc.—hard maple is probably the most similar lumber. I cut a cherry birch on a creek bank over a swimming hole last year and am sawing it today. They have a beautiful scent from as far as twenty feet away. Love the Botanical illustration…I keep those items for personal reference and feel that is what makes your magazine very collectable. This is due to the high sap content within the tree. Scratch and then sniff a black or yellow birch twig, and the pleasant aroma will likely put a smile on your face. I did score about 1/2 cord of beech this summer so I know better in a couple years. Do the same to black cherry, and you will notice an unpleasant odor that is not at all minty. My grand daughter is the one to discover the wonderful birch beer scent of the broken twigs. To ensure a respectful dialogue, please refrain from posting content that is unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, or inflammatory. I now keep a keen eye on its growth. Am trying to quarter saw so maybe it won’t check. Birch Overview However, Black Walnut is a fairly common tree in certain parts of the USA, so it is still used as firewood from time-to-time. Have too see pix. It is a beautiful wood. It can be white, grey, yellow, silver or black. Birch species are generally small to medium-sized trees or shrubs, mostly of northern temperate and boreal climates. Thanks for your inspiration. On a quest.!!! Merci! I am in Chicago now and smelled it alot, and I believe also smelled it during my life in North Carolina. Bring an experienced person, use an I.D. Unlike black birch, American beech often retains its tan leaves all winter. Seeds in the erect female cones mature in autumn and drop to the ground through the winter. Thanks for joining the discussion. Yellow Birch gives off a wintergreen aroma when its burning. If the scratched bark smells like Wintergreen, then you have Birch. They often appear in pairs, but these pairs are really borne on spur-like, two-leaved, lateral branchlets. I still enjoy it and have customers buy it year round :) Clin Exp Allergy 1998;28(11):1368-73. But it does indeed smell natural and forest-y - it's just a forest with too much creosote! david78. On walks in two different areas; great scent of Thyme. I havent had much beech at all. Finally … it is hard to ignore some of nature’s greatest aromas from plants that are closely associated with trees, especially honeysuckle, wild garlic and wild thyme. The black birch also has a unique sweet smell when it burns. I recently visited Irvington, New York and, while walking on the recently finished Tree Trail, I saw a sign for Black Birch. Black Walnut is the most expensive North American hardwood, and it’s prized for woodworking. Gray birch, also spelled Grey Birch, also called Oldfield Birch, Wire Birch, or Poplar-leaved Birch, (Betula populifolia), slender ornamental tree of the family Betulaceae, found in clusters on moist sites in northeastern North America.Rarely 12 m (40 feet) tall, it is covered almost to the ground with flexible branches that form a narrow, pyramidal crown. This chemical compound is present in the inner bark in both species, although typically to a greater degree in black birch. This tree has been marked as a favorite in my woods. At that time I had about six Black Birch trees. Elderflowers don’t spread scent much, but they are like heaven to sniff deeply, so long as you don’t have hayfever! Sweet birch and black cherry both have alternate branching patterns, and their winter buds look somewhat similar, too. Also if you have a small fresh piece from the tree and it has a wintergreen smell it's black birch. Have never come across any info on the wood drying process. Although it prefers a nice place to live – moist, deep, slightly acid, well-drained soils – it is also found on rocky, drier sites, where large specimens often have tortuous trunks and branches. Mar 18, 2009. View abstract. It glues well, can be turned on a lathe, and is used for veneer, as well as for furniture, paneling, and flooring. I like the trees but want more than just allot of Black Birch. Black walnut trees have very dark bark, while birch trees have white or silvery bark." I have harvested a few weaker trees for firewood study to learn the characteristics of the wood. #treesofinstagram #tree, Nurtured by nature, from cradle to grave #trees #n, On safari in Middle England #lockdown #nature #fox, My beloved companion Bizou has been diagnosed with, Spider,Spider! How much is it to buy black birch wood for use? As with most birch species it's recommended you cut and split black birch as soon as possible after felling the tree for optimal seasoning. Unfortunately the tree fights for space in the canopy and grows toward available light. Mar 18, 2009. Its heavier than black cherry and exposure to air gives it the same hue. A year ago we bought 100 acres in the highlands of middle Ontario and noticed this tree that we had never seen before. Usual common Sorbus and Popular Trees growing in amenity locality. Thats an interesting tid bit about using the sap to make birch beer ! We all wound swapping stories of our parents and grandparents making home-made birch beer and root beer and such. Trees are beautiful to the eye but their smell is often overlooked. For BTU’s its impressively competing with hickory and white oak. Somewhere in my memory I begin to recall the trees information. The twigs of the sweet birch can be collected and steeped in hot water to make a tea.The sap of the Black Birch, like the Maples, can be reduced to syrup, or can be used as drinking water, or for steeping tea.Also, the inner bark of the birch can be collected, dried, ground into a meal, and used to extend supplies of flour.All birches, like the maples, can be used as a source of syrup. Would you know of any sources for black birch (Betula lenta) bark? Paper and the use of Birch Bark Northern Woodlands The soil type is slightly acidic deep and loamy. How big do these need to be to have a value? So many black birch saplings were once chipped and distilled to make oil of wintergreen that for a time, the tree became rather scarce. Thanks for your attention to detail here. It is happily growing among sugar maples and red oaks and beech. I have a tree with dark green leaves and small dark purple like buds it smells wonderful at night could you please tell me what this is. But feel its value is better served at the sawmill. And then there is climate change. I have smelled the same smell for 20 years during spring and summer that reminds me of my childhood summers in Erie, Pennsylvania. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Water birch (B. occidentalis; B. fontinalis of some authorities), a shrubby tree native to moist sites along the western coast of North America, has nonpeeling, dark-red bark; it grows in clusters, with all stems rising from a common root system.It is sometimes called red birch, black birch, or mountain birch. Spin me a seed basket before the wi, A little large-leaved lime leaf lingers, frost-lic, ‘Good morning,’ said Autumn wearily. Birch certainly does not smell like maple when burning so IMHO that that "light maple taste" statement in the Smoking Woods Guide is probably not so. ‘What r, Proud Forester Reason #49: trees and woodland you, Hanging by a thread #trees #autumn #silk #spider #, Another one of my photographs used by @templespa f, Tree Barn #autumn #fall #trees #photography, Super chuffed with the results of my photographic, Setting the record straight on ancient woodlands, The distinctive smell of the aromatic oil released when, Peel back a small patch of bark from a cedar tree (. Sweet birch, as the name implies will have a sweeter and more potent scent, with a deliciously sweet wintergreen flavor. In a fertile forest, the tree grows straight and tall, typically to 60 feet and up to two feet in diameter, with a long bole free of branches. If you are buying it for the "Birch" that's not what you're going to get. Email Us Or Call: Didn’t know what it was until I looked it up later, but while I was chainsawing through a driveway, the smell was wonderful. It is such a lovely sweet smell. Betula lenta (sweet birch, also known as black birch, cherry birch, mahogany birch, or spice birch) is a species of birch native to eastern North America, from southern Maine west to southernmost Ontario, and south in the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia Characteristics and habitat. Any ideas? In northern latitudes birch is considered to be the most important allergenic tree pollen, with an estimated 15-20% of hay fever sufferers sensitive to birch pollen grains. The bark of each species of birch tree is different. S. Slick ArboristSite Operative. to dry black birch to well under 20% MC (more like 15%). Like yellow birch and paper birch, drooping male catkins are in place and obvious all winter. White birch wood is light with a brown flame pattern near the center, yellow birch wood is light golden brown, and red birch wood looks similar to white birch but with a light red tint. Heavenly scent in evening walks, but so hard to pin down. (603) 795-0660, All content © 2021 by the Center for Northern Woodlands Education. Making it not so straight as its taller neighbors. The twigs, when scraped, have a strong scent of wintergreen due to methyl salicylate, which is produced in the bark. If you find a particular feature of a tree unpleasant, such as its flowers or leaves, you won’t have to suffer them all year long. Thanks for writing an article about an under-appreciated tree (and a favorite of mine). In flower and fruit, black birch is clearly a birch. American beech bark and twigs lack lenticels and its terminal buds (buds at the twig ends) are much longer and sharper than those of black birch. What you are smelling is oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate). 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In case you wondered where the Tea tree was in this post – it’s not the name for an actual tree species but applies to a number of different plants. Like yellow birch and paper birch, drooping male catkins are in place and obvious all winter. It has a sweet woody smell and is used in the production of wintergreen . Ali, I think it’s the Catalpa tree leaves. guide, and do the scratch and sniff test. Reactions: FreudianSlip. They disintegrate almost immediately, as does the wood. He said he had not seen these anywhere around. I recognised with a start that it's probably (a much weaker version of) the same pileup of black musk plus birch which made Nasomatto Blamage a hateful, hostile thing on me, even though I'd expected to love it. As children we used to chew on the leaves of the plant. I think I will allow them to fight for the light and after many die from lack of sun I think I will cut and replace with Black Walnut. haha! What part of the country are you in? I have several that border my property. I thought all rain smelled like that, but it’s distinctly from the creosote bush. Donald Culross Peattie, in his 1940s book, A Natural History of Trees in Eastern and Central North America, describes the process: “Tap the tree as the Sugar Maple is tapped, in spring when the sap is rising and the buds are just swelling; jug the sap and throw in a handful of shelled corn, and natural fermentation – so the mountaineers tell us – will finish the job for you.”. Fiction and Non-fiction writing by Gabriel Hemery. © 2008 by the author; this article may not be copied or reproduced without the author's consent. One day I will find a perfume that smells like this. It is also called cherry birch because the beautiful bark is a warm cherry-red color, glossy and smooth with broad paler horizontal streaks. In a book by Rebecca Rupp called, “Red Oaks, Black Birches” she has stated that Honey is also used in a fermentation on the birch beer recipe. We had heard about it before but thought it was rare enough that we would not have any. In addition the bark gives off a black, oily smoke when it burns, again, making birch a poor choice for cooking wood. Perhaps this is a regional difference? As my woodland started to grow back the Black Birch really took over. I know that sounds odd but smell it and tell me if it smells like disease (you will know). Its also quite fascinating the same oil of wintergreen is extracted from the tree as well as the wintergreen plant that forms a low groundcover in the Adirondack Mnts. I’ll pay more attention to this from now on. I’m an essential oil distiller, looking for raw material. We have a tree that smells like bananas. Chuck. It is some of the least durable lumber in the northeast forest. I am looking to plant a fast growing clump in my backyard and want a healthy, fairly clean tree. 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