Betula alleghaniensis Britton  
Family: Betulaceae
yellow birch
[Betula alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis Britton, Betula alleghaniensis var. fallax Britton, Betula alleghaniensis var. macrolepis Britton, Betula lutea F.Michx., Betula lutea f. fallax F.Michx., Betula lutea var. macrolepis F.Michx.]
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Dave Lee  
Etymology: Betula: ancient Latin name
Plants: perennial tree to 98" tall, straight trunk, narrowly-rounded crown; bark smooth, often flaking irregularly, dark, shiny, reddish-brown early becoming tan, yellowish to grayish with time; dark, horizontal lenticels; twigs with small glands giving off a wintergreen taste and smell when crushed
Leaves: leaf narrowly oval to oblong; edges with sharp, coarse, double, irregular teeth; some scattered tiny, resinous glands
Flowers: blooms in late spring
Fruits: oval, erect fruit clusters, finely hairy; samara wings narrower than the body, widest near the top
Habitat: moist to wet; streambanks, swampy woods, rich forested slopes
Conservation Status: Native
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Dave Lee  
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Darrin Kimbler  
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Matthew L. Wagner  
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Lee, David  
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