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. Fiction and Non-fiction writing by Gabriel Hemery. It is a blight introduced by well meaning idiots in NYC from Chinese chestnut trees in 1904. 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. Got to love that fresh wintergreen scent. It is native to southern Canada and north-eastern USA but also grows in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe. Smells great when processing. Often referred to as cum trees in the south, they have a fresh scent that is quite unique. My grand daughter is the one to discover the wonderful birch beer scent of the broken twigs. 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. As this tree seems to produce large amounts of sap. I thought all rain smelled like that, but it’s distinctly from the creosote bush. Sweet birch and black cherry both have alternate branching patterns, and their winter buds look somewhat similar, too. The bark of yellow birch will have small curls of material similar to paper birch but thinner, with a golden hue. It glues well, can be turned on a lathe, and is used for veneer, as well as for furniture, paneling, and flooring. The twigs, when scraped, have a strong scent of wintergreen due to methyl salicylate, which is produced in the bark. I have smelled the same smell for 20 years during spring and summer that reminds me of my childhood summers in Erie, Pennsylvania. In flower and fruit, black birch is clearly a birch.   |   Visit the Articles archive…. What about mimosa trees? I found out that the 10 acres I just bought is full of Black Birch. This tree has been marked as a favorite in my woods. Merci! They often appear in pairs, but these pairs are really borne on spur-like, two-leaved, lateral branchlets. Black cherry and pin cherry twigs have an acrid vanilla-like smell when scratched. @Tim Young well that's the funny thing about birch.. their supposed to have black spots. The soil type is slightly acidic deep and loamy. This is due to the high sap content within the tree. And then there is climate change. Birch species are generally small to medium-sized trees or shrubs, mostly of northern temperate and boreal climates. Chuck. Perhaps this is a regional difference? Seeds in the erect female cones mature in autumn and drop to the ground through the winter. Paper and the use of Birch Bark 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. Privacy Policy, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Crockett Hills Regional Park with Michael – 20 March 2017 | Zulu Thoughts, Sandalwood – fragrant finery | Gabriel Hemery, As a change from writing I decided to have a go ca, Looking for a unique gift for a nature-loving frie, On the night of the woodcock moon #november #fullm, Sailing through the sea of trees @earth_trust, Congratulations students of @sylvawoodschool - you, Frosty road ahead #treesofinstagram #trees #avenue, Warning slippery when wet! I did score about 1/2 cord of beech this summer so I know better in a couple years. 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. This species is resistant to bronze birch borer (BBB). I’m in the Hudson Valley somewhat and experience climate changes slightly delayed from surrounding hills. So many black birch saplings were once chipped and distilled to make oil of wintergreen that for a time, the tree became rather scarce. Elderflowers don’t spread scent much, but they are like heaven to sniff deeply, so long as you don’t have hayfever! Thanks for your attention to detail here. 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. Also called sweet birch, cherry birch, or mahogany birch, this species is perhaps the only tree around that is best recognized by the flavor of its twigs. I remember this tree while growing up in the woods of Pennsylvania. I have heard of black birch trees, but they aren’t that abundant where I come from. Read Posts about forest science and silvology, Copyright © Gabriel Hemery 2010-2020. 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. ↑ top Clin Exp Allergy 1998;28(11):1368-73. You can’t smell their leaves up close, but from a distance, it’s almost like honeysuckle. I don’t know much about trees but it comes and goes and then how can I identify it? Six years later I have my forest logged but those were spared. Yet another reason that we may see more black birch in the future is that, perhaps because it leafs out early in spring – earlier than ferns – black birch is one of the best tree species at growing though the dense fern layers that sometimes keep trees from regenerating. 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. In exploring our acreage we have found many stands and are excited to see it flourishing here. P.O. 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. Sweet birch (Betula lenta) also known as black birch, is a tree native to Eastern North America. I bought 40 acres a little more than 20 years ago. 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. The tiny seeds can be blown long distances across snow and are eaten by small birds. 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. You may be thinking of the creosote bush, especially if it was an Arizona rain. This chemical compound is present in the inner bark in both species, although typically to a greater degree in black birch. On a quest.!!! Its heavier than black cherry and exposure to air gives it the same hue. Here are my favourite Fragrant trees, and some less popular Odiferous trees. Birch Overview 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. It is happily growing among sugar maples and red oaks and beech. In recent years, black birch has filled in where hemlock woolly adelgid, a deadly non-native insect, has taken out the hemlock. Once dry, it is stable and holds its shape. It is also known as Mountain Mahogany, Sweet Birch and Cherry Birch. I have several that border my property. Sweet birch, as the name implies will have a sweeter and more potent scent, with a deliciously sweet wintergreen flavor. Making it not so straight as its taller neighbors. We all wound swapping stories of our parents and grandparents making home-made birch beer and root beer and such. He said he had not seen these anywhere around. Thanks. 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. The smell could be black birch (or yellow) but the bark description is NOT yellow birch. After reading this, perhaps it is the Balsam Poplar or Sweet Birch. Also if you have a small fresh piece from the tree and it has a wintergreen smell it's black birch. View abstract. My little business is called "Birch & Burlap", so I'm always looking for Birch scented FO! A lot of neighborhood sidewalks by the lake are filled with Catalpas, and it’s an unmistakable scent. Adahy Kuksaholic. Since that time, black birch has rebounded and coincidentally has benefited from several other trees’ misfortunes. Would you know of any sources for black birch (Betula lenta) bark? Didn’t know what it was until I looked it up later, but while I was chainsawing through a driveway, the smell was wonderful. 16 On the Common Is the black birch susceptible to nematodes or other diseases? Love the Botanical illustration…I keep those items for personal reference and feel that is what makes your magazine very collectable. (Not a weed, it is planted on purpose). ... Birch firewood has a unique smell. Is it considered a ‘dirty’ tree? Spin me a seed basket before the wi, A little large-leaved lime leaf lingers, frost-lic, ‘Good morning,’ said Autumn wearily. 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. Northern Woodlands Unfortunately the tree fights for space in the canopy and grows toward available light. No obvious Thyme plant growing nearby. Lyme, NH 03768 It is some of the least durable lumber in the northeast forest. 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…. In north eastern PA this tree leafs after the white birch at about the same time as the oaks. Do the same to black cherry, and you will notice an unpleasant odor that is not at all minty. to dry black birch to well under 20% MC (more like 15%). Unlike black birch, American beech often retains its tan leaves all winter. S. Slick ArboristSite Operative. 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. That being said, if those spots seem: gummy, wet or squishy (like rot) then the prognosis is grim (canker disease). I don’t mean the obvious showy flowering trees but the hidden olfactory wonders in leaf, bark and seed. This article proved to be quite helpful. 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. Beyond all this, I find it a beautiful shade tree, extraordinarily branchy and leafy, and I also concur with all the above remarks about the evocative scent…  It leafs out relatively early in these parts, but that requires qualification:  I have observed some years in which poplar family trees are among the first to leaf out and some years in which they are toward the end; thus the birches (yellow, black, and white), depending on age and location are sometimes close to first and sometimes not. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial- NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. Am trying to quarter saw so maybe it won’t check. However, it only takes 9-12 mo. They have a beautiful scent from as far as twenty feet away. Northern Woodlands assumes no responsibility or liability arising from forum postings and reserves the right to edit all postings. 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. To ensure a respectful dialogue, please refrain from posting content that is unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, or inflammatory. Mar 18, 2009. The scent does fade as the wood seasons. 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. Thanks for reminding me about Poplar balsam. 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. If you contact me I can get you some inner bark. 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. Bring an experienced person, use an I.D. I like the trees but want more than just allot of Black Birch. I’m sure that some readers will disagree whether one tree or another is fragrant or odiferous, as smell is a personal thing. david78. Box 270 It’s the most wonderful smell. Birch is an excellent firewood, however it burns quickly, so it is best when mixed with other slower kiln dried firewood such as Elm and Oak. Black Birch is probably the most desirable firewood within the Birch family because it produces the highest heat because of its dense fibers. 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. Like yellow birch and paper birch, drooping male catkins are in place and obvious all winter. I just made another pot of sweet birch tea to drink. I cut a cherry birch on a creek bank over a swimming hole last year and am sawing it today. (603) 795-0660, All content © 2021 by the Center for Northern Woodlands Education. 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. 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. As my woodland started to grow back the Black Birch really took over. If the scratched bark smells like Wintergreen, then you have Birch. Dry white birch burns up very quickly making a poor choice for BBQ wood IMHO. 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. The bark of each species of birch tree is different. Thanks for the information on the sawmill statistics. 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.”. This White Birch is beautiful! In flower and fruit, black birch is clearly a birch. Learn how your comment data is processed. Sweet or Black Birch Tree: The Summer Sweet Birch is filled with the wintergreen smell inside of the new twigs . Thanks for writing an article about an under-appreciated tree (and a favorite of mine). The buds, twigs, and catkins provide food for grouse, deer, hare, and squirrels. Thanks for your inspiration. Thats an interesting tid bit about using the sap to make birch beer ! guide, and do the scratch and sniff test. I know that sounds odd but smell it and tell me if it smells like disease (you will know). Slick. One day I will find a perfume that smells like this. Black walnut trees have very dark bark, while birch trees have white or silvery bark." While I don't smell any Birch, it is more pine, it is still a nice woodsy scent. where can I find them? It has a sweet woody smell and is used in the production of wintergreen . Heavenly scent in evening walks, but so hard to pin down. But it does indeed smell natural and forest-y - it's just a forest with too much creosote! 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. It was really magnificent. 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. The simple leaves are alternate, singly or doubly serrate, feather-veined, petiolate and stipulate. My favourite smell of all, but I can’t ID the plant. haha! I wonder what it was mainly a remedy for. Research showed that it is this black birch. How will it do in southeastern CT on the shore? What you are smelling is oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate). Thanks for joining the discussion. At present, it is uncommon in northern New England and northern New York state. Usual common Sorbus and Popular Trees growing in amenity locality. As she delighted in calling my attention to this (re-introducing) fragrant tree. A pic would definitely help . It can be white, grey, yellow, silver or black. They disintegrate almost immediately, as does the wood. Once someone asked if it was just the scent of freshly cut grass, but I don’t think so-it’s very sweet! 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. I recently visited Irvington, New York and, while walking on the recently finished Tree Trail, I saw a sign for Black Birch. I now keep a keen eye on its growth. 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. The black birch also has a unique sweet smell when it burns. 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. Read more about my books or click the titles below: Silvology is the biological science of studying forests, incorporating the understanding of natural forest ecosystems, and the effects and development of silvicultural practices. I have harvested a few weaker trees for firewood study to learn the characteristics of the wood. D. david78 ArboristSite Member. 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. Thanks for the great article. Any ideas? I am very lucky to have a whole lot of black birch on my property. Now black birch grows best in the southern Appalachians, but perhaps soon it will be happier throughout the Northeast. (further studies from here). Yellow Birch gives off a wintergreen aroma when its burning. A year ago we bought 100 acres in the highlands of middle Ontario and noticed this tree that we had never seen before. It is a beautiful wood. 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. 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. How much is it to buy black birch wood for use? I sniffed its bark and I loved the smell so much that I started an essential oil company! Email Us Or Call: Reactions: FreudianSlip. Black birch is a lovely tree and produces beautiful wood that darkens with age, so no reason to begrudge its recent or anticipated successes. The tree is known for its generally light-colored bark in shades of gray, yellow, white, silver or occasionally black, which peels in … 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. © 2008 by the author; this article may not be copied or reproduced without the author's consent. I’ll pay more attention to this from now on. What part of the country are you in? 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. Mike. Not seen at sawmills anywhere and wondered why such gorgious wood is not timber harvested. Keep up the great work!! Here in southern Vermont, the black birches are one of the absolute last trees to leaf out in the spring, along with hickories and ash. Common walnut ( Juglans regia ) and black walnut ( Juglans nigra ) leaves have a characteristic and strong smell that is difficult to describe. Which tree in tennessee smells like cinnamon and has leaves like a palm. “Du vent dans les branches de Sassafra” ….a much celebrated play full of fantasy and humour ,written by René de Obaldia – a French playwright and poet from the Académie française (1999)….a haunting memory, words sounding so appealing for dreamers , witty and strikingly subversive….. 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. As children we used to chew on the leaves of the plant. But feel its value is better served at the sawmill. I am in Chicago now and smelled it alot, and I believe also smelled it during my life in North Carolina. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We have a tree that smells like bananas. Mar 18, 2009. How big do these need to be to have a value? Like yellow birch and paper birch, drooping male catkins are in place and obvious all winter. Have never come across any info on the wood drying process. For BTU’s its impressively competing with hickory and white oak. They are rare in this part of the country. I love black birch for any type of burning, especially cold nights and need overnighter wood. Just wanted to pass along that the gypsy moth was not the downfall of the once mighty Chestnut. I will be making use of it for several things for sure. The beauty of trees is that they change through the seasons. Birch trees come in a variety of species, including yellow, black and red. As a native of Wisconsin, the sweet birch was a new idea for me when I relocated to the East 15 years ago. | Terms of Service | Privacy PolicySite by eBree Design. According to Sweep's Library .com, BB has the same BTU/Cord as White Oak at 24.2 MBTU/ cord. It is also called cherry birch because the beautiful bark is a warm cherry-red color, glossy and smooth with broad paler horizontal streaks. These rock-bound trees do not make good sawlogs, but they add great interest to the landscape. [7] The inner bark of birch can be ingested safely. The research center is a field classroom to study the ever changing nature of the Torne Valley in this part of lower New York State. Have I missed out one of your favourite or least favourite smelling trees? Birch is a hardwood tree closely related to beech and oak. This time go back to the wound and smell it. As a result, it is not common to use Black Walnut as firewood. 10. 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