My little business is called "Birch & Burlap", so I'm always looking for Birch scented FO! 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. Which tree in tennessee smells like cinnamon and has leaves like a palm. We have a tree that smells like bananas. As a native of Wisconsin, the sweet birch was a new idea for me when I relocated to the East 15 years ago. I just made another pot of sweet birch tea to drink. The beauty of trees is that they change through the seasons. Chuck. How will it do in southeastern CT on the shore? #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! Joined Aug 8, 2008 Messages 470 Location PA. Mar 18, 2009 #16 Can really feel the moisture coming out of the ends already. If you contact me I can get you some inner bark. 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. Black Walnut is the most expensive North American hardwood, and it’s prized for woodworking. In addition the bark gives off a black, oily smoke when it burns, again, making birch a poor choice for cooking wood. [7] The inner bark of birch can be ingested safely. 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. I’m sure that some readers will disagree whether one tree or another is fragrant or odiferous, as smell is a personal thing. ‘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 (. It is happily growing among sugar maples and red oaks and beech. 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. Black Birch is probably the most desirable firewood within the Birch family because it produces the highest heat because of its dense fibers. If the scratched bark smells like Wintergreen, then you have Birch.   |   Visit the Articles archive…. It has a sweet woody smell and is used in the production of wintergreen . 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. Saved a few seed so maybe I can grow some more. Merci! I will be making use of it for several things for sure. david78. Now black birch grows best in the southern Appalachians, but perhaps soon it will be happier throughout the Northeast. But feel its value is better served at the sawmill. Elderflowers don’t spread scent much, but they are like heaven to sniff deeply, so long as you don’t have hayfever! 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. Mar 18, 2009. Feb 15, 2015 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. I still enjoy it and have customers buy it year round :) This article proved to be quite helpful. They disintegrate almost immediately, as does the wood. ... Birch firewood has a unique smell. | Terms of Service | Privacy PolicySite by eBree Design. 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. guide, and do the scratch and sniff test. 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. 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. Joined Sep 12, 2010 Messages 9,545 Likes 403 Location Upstate, New York. This is a collaboration of Town of Ramapo with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County along with students from an Environmental Studies program with Ramapo College of New Jersey. Its heavier than black cherry and exposure to air gives it the same hue. I’m in the Hudson Valley somewhat and experience climate changes slightly delayed from surrounding hills. Didn’t know what it was until I looked it up later, but while I was chainsawing through a driveway, the smell was wonderful. Asero R. Effects of birch pollen-specific immunotherapy on apple allergy in birch pollen-hypersensitive patients. I cut a cherry birch on a creek bank over a swimming hole last year and am sawing it today. Lyme, NH 03768 where can I find them? What about mimosa trees? Often referred to as cum trees in the south, they have a fresh scent that is quite unique. Incredibly heavy, dense wood. Birch firewood produces 20.2 million BTUs per cord, giving it one of the highest energy contents in wood. I’ll pay more attention to this from now on. Making it not so straight as its taller neighbors. How big do these need to be to have a value? 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. The simple leaves are alternate, singly or doubly serrate, feather-veined, petiolate and stipulate. 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. Slick. 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. 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.”. Birch species are generally small to medium-sized trees or shrubs, mostly of northern temperate and boreal climates. I wonder what it was mainly a remedy for. Sweet birch is an attractive tree for lawns and naturalized areas, with shiny, red-brown bark and yellow foliage. I did score about 1/2 cord of beech this summer so I know better in a couple years. Birch trees come in a variety of species, including yellow, black and red. This species is resistant to bronze birch borer (BBB). 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. Box 270 According to Sweep's Library .com, BB has the same BTU/Cord as White Oak at 24.2 MBTU/ cord. Thanks for the information on the sawmill statistics. The tiny seeds can be blown long distances across snow and are eaten by small birds. Somewhere in my memory I begin to recall the trees information. Bring an experienced person, use an I.D. I have harvested a few weaker trees for firewood study to learn the characteristics of the wood. Common walnut ( Juglans regia ) and black walnut ( Juglans nigra ) leaves have a characteristic and strong smell that is difficult to describe. Six years later I have my forest logged but those were spared. Would you know of any sources for black birch (Betula lenta) bark? (603) 795-0660, All content © 2021 by the Center for Northern Woodlands Education. Research showed that it is this black birch. Thanks for your attention to detail here. I have smelled the same smell for 20 years during spring and summer that reminds me of my childhood summers in Erie, Pennsylvania. I love black birch for any type of burning, especially cold nights and need overnighter wood. Thanks for writing an article about an under-appreciated tree (and a favorite of mine). 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. Fiction and Non-fiction writing by Gabriel Hemery. 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. At present, it is uncommon in northern New England and northern New York state. 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. P.O. This White Birch is beautiful! The tree is known for its generally light-colored bark in shades of gray, yellow, white, silver or occasionally black, which peels in … 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. 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. I am very lucky to have a whole lot of black birch on my property. I don’t know much about trees but it comes and goes and then how can I identify it? I don’t mean the obvious showy flowering trees but the hidden olfactory wonders in leaf, bark and seed. Adahy Kuksaholic. Do the same to black cherry, and you will notice an unpleasant odor that is not at all minty. Smells great when processing. Read Posts about forest science and silvology, Copyright © Gabriel Hemery 2010-2020. Am trying to quarter saw so maybe it won’t check. 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. The bark of each species of birch tree is different. I now keep a keen eye on its growth. Scratch and then sniff a black or yellow birch twig, and the pleasant aroma will likely put a smile on your face. A lot of neighborhood sidewalks by the lake are filled with Catalpas, and it’s an unmistakable scent. The black birch also has a unique sweet smell when it burns. While I don't smell any Birch, it is more pine, it is still a nice woodsy scent. Mike. A pic would definitely help . On walks in two different areas; great scent of Thyme. You may be thinking of the creosote bush, especially if it was an Arizona rain. It is a blight introduced by well meaning idiots in NYC from Chinese chestnut trees in 1904. So many black birch saplings were once chipped and distilled to make oil of wintergreen that for a time, the tree became rather scarce. It is native to southern Canada and north-eastern USA but also grows in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe. Sweet birch and black cherry both have alternate branching patterns, and their winter buds look somewhat similar, too. Email Us Or Call: My grand daughter is the one to discover the wonderful birch beer scent of the broken twigs. What you are smelling is oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate). 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! Have never come across any info on the wood drying process. At that time I had about six Black Birch trees. I like the trees but want more than just allot of Black Birch. This is due to the high sap content within the tree. D. david78 ArboristSite Member. It is some of the least durable lumber in the northeast forest. Black cherry and pin cherry twigs have an acrid vanilla-like smell when scratched. I’m an essential oil distiller, looking for raw material. Creative Commons License. However, it only takes 9-12 mo. Once dry, it is stable and holds its shape. Thanks. Also if you have a small fresh piece from the tree and it has a wintergreen smell it's black birch. 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. The scent does fade as the wood seasons. 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. I bought 40 acres a little more than 20 years ago. Thanks for reminding me about Poplar balsam. These rock-bound trees do not make good sawlogs, but they add great interest to the landscape. A forester friend walked my woods and was supersized to see these trees. I have heard of black birch trees, but they aren’t that abundant where I come from. 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. 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. Unfortunately the tree fights for space in the canopy and grows toward available light. 10. The soil type is slightly acidic deep and loamy. We had heard about it before but thought it was rare enough that we would not have any. Here are my favourite Fragrant trees, and some less popular Odiferous trees. View abstract. “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….. That being said, if those spots seem: gummy, wet or squishy (like rot) then the prognosis is grim (canker disease). They often appear in pairs, but these pairs are really borne on spur-like, two-leaved, lateral branchlets. Usual common Sorbus and Popular Trees growing in amenity locality. Not seen at sawmills anywhere and wondered why such gorgious wood is not timber harvested. 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. 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! This time go back to the wound and smell it. It’s the most wonderful smell. Black birch is a lovely tree and produces beautiful wood that darkens with age, so no reason to begrudge its recent or anticipated successes. Like yellow birch and paper birch, drooping male catkins are in place and obvious all winter. On a quest.!!! I recently visited Irvington, New York and, while walking on the recently finished Tree Trail, I saw a sign for Black Birch. Reactions: FreudianSlip. Like yellow birch and paper birch, drooping male catkins are in place and obvious all winter. It can be white, grey, yellow, silver or black. © 2008 by the author; this article may not be copied or reproduced without the author's consent. Heavenly scent in evening walks, but so hard to pin down. 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. 16 On the Common As a result, it is not common to use Black Walnut as firewood. To ensure a respectful dialogue, please refrain from posting content that is unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, or inflammatory. As she delighted in calling my attention to this (re-introducing) fragrant tree. Yellow birch will smell of wintergreen but with a bitter, somewhat astringent taste. Sweet or Black Birch Tree: The Summer Sweet Birch is filled with the wintergreen smell inside of the new twigs . Paper and the use of Birch Bark They have a beautiful scent from as far as twenty feet away. I remember this tree while growing up in the woods of Pennsylvania. 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. Mar 18, 2009. In recent years, black birch has filled in where hemlock woolly adelgid, a deadly non-native insect, has taken out the hemlock. Affiliate Link Disclosure It is also known as Mountain Mahogany, Sweet Birch and Cherry Birch. 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. The buds, twigs, and catkins provide food for grouse, deer, hare, and squirrels. Birch Overview 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. I have black birch in relative abundance in a 50 acre woodlot. My favourite smell of all, but I can’t ID the plant. Dry white birch burns up very quickly making a poor choice for BBQ wood IMHO. In north eastern PA this tree leafs after the white birch at about the same time as the oaks. to dry black birch to well under 20% MC (more like 15%). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial- NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. 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. I sniffed its bark and I loved the smell so much that I started an essential oil company! He said he had not seen these anywhere around. 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. It is also called cherry birch because the beautiful bark is a warm cherry-red color, glossy and smooth with broad paler horizontal streaks. 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. I am in Chicago now and smelled it alot, and I believe also smelled it during my life in North Carolina. Learn how your comment data is processed. This really is for the above Robert Seidel. It is such a lovely sweet smell. And then there is climate change. Native to the eastern United States, the tree also attracts beautiful butterflies to the landscape, serving as a caterpillar/larval host. 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. How much is it to buy black birch wood for use? It glues well, can be turned on a lathe, and is used for veneer, as well as for furniture, paneling, and flooring. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thanks for the great article. Spin me a seed basket before the wi, A little large-leaved lime leaf lingers, frost-lic, ‘Good morning,’ said Autumn wearily. I did eventually look it up so I can give her the correct low down about the tree. Ali, I think it’s the Catalpa tree leaves. 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. 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. After reading this, perhaps it is the Balsam Poplar or Sweet Birch. As this tree seems to produce large amounts of sap. 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. As children we used to chew on the leaves of the plant. S. Slick ArboristSite Operative. Is the black birch susceptible to nematodes or other diseases? Once someone asked if it was just the scent of freshly cut grass, but I don’t think so-it’s very sweet! I grew up in Phoenix, and that is the smell of rain to me. Have I missed out one of your favourite or least favourite smelling trees? 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. 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. Got to love that fresh wintergreen scent. The bark of yellow birch will have small curls of material similar to paper birch but thinner, with a golden hue. haha! Keep up the great work!! In flower and fruit, black birch is clearly a birch. Sweet birch (Betula lenta) also known as black birch, is a tree native to Eastern North America. 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. I sell various wood products, wild mushrooms and edible wild plant items through my site. Thats an interesting tid bit about using the sap to make birch beer ! As my woodland started to grow back the Black Birch really took over. This chemical compound is present in the inner bark in both species, although typically to a greater degree in black birch. We all wound swapping stories of our parents and grandparents making home-made birch beer and root beer and such. No obvious Thyme plant growing nearby. Trees are beautiful to the eye but their smell is often overlooked. They are rare in this part of the country. Love the Botanical illustration…I keep those items for personal reference and feel that is what makes your magazine very collectable. Just wanted to pass along that the gypsy moth was not the downfall of the once mighty Chestnut. 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. Sweet birch, as the name implies will have a sweeter and more potent scent, with a deliciously sweet wintergreen flavor. Birch bark can be soaked until moist in water, and then formed into a cast for a broken arm. For BTU’s its impressively competing with hickory and white oak. Perhaps this is a regional difference? I am looking to plant a fast growing clump in my backyard and want a healthy, fairly clean tree. 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. I havent had much beech at all. Birch is a hardwood tree closely related to beech and oak. Northern Woodlands assumes no responsibility or liability arising from forum postings and reserves the right to edit all postings. Have too see pix. Thanks for joining the discussion. I found out that the 10 acres I just bought is full of Black Birch. I have several that border my property. You can’t smell their leaves up close, but from a distance, it’s almost like honeysuckle. In exploring our acreage we have found many stands and are excited to see it flourishing here. This tree has been marked as a favorite in my woods. A year ago we bought 100 acres in the highlands of middle Ontario and noticed this tree that we had never seen before. 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 The scent of wintergreen can be easily detected all the way down to the base of the tree. Yellow Birch gives off a wintergreen aroma when its burning. Thanks for your inspiration. If you are buying it for the "Birch" that's not what you're going to get. One day I will find a perfume that smells like this. 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. 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