Betula lenta

Cherry birch

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful bark



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Plant details

This is one of the best birches from eastern North America because of its yellow-green summer leaves that turn golden yellow in the autumn, and dark, red brown bark on a slender stem. The yellowish-brown catkins appear during early spring, and dangle from the upward-pointing branches. Once planted, there's little else to do, but make sure that the immediate area is weed-free, and if planting in a lawn keep the grass away to avoid damaging the trunk with a strimmer.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Betula

Species: lenta

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 1200cm

Time to plant: October to March

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