Yellow birch

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Yellow birch Betula alleghaniensis

Description

A medium-sized deciduous tree, Betula lutea or Butela alleghaniensis, native to North America. It is most often found in the Appalachian Mountains and as far west as the Great Lakes region and north to Canada. The yellow birch produces a pale reddish-yellow wood that is tough and heavy. It is used for flooring, interior trim, millwork, veneer, and furniture. Most wood sold as 'birch' in North America is from this tree.

Synonyms and Related Terms

yellow birch (Betula lutea or Butela alleghaniensis)

Birch (Betula lutea)

Other Properties

Tree height = 25 m Bark = golden brown to gray, peeling in horizontal strips Flower = catkin (2-3 cm long) in spring

Density 43 pcf

See birch for paper fiber description.

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 130
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • External source or communication Comment: Hardwood Manufacturers Institute, Memphis Tenn.: air-dry weight = 43 pcf
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)