Audubon® Sweet Birch
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Crack open a Birch beer and watch the birds cavort in your backyard Sweet Birch Tree! Sweet Birch is the traditional source of flavoring for Birch beer, and so this eastern native holds a special place in the hearts of many country folks, especially in Pennsylvania, where it grows most abundantly. But Sweet Birch is a boon to birds, too! Chickadees, sparrows, redpolls, Pine Siskins, towhees, crossbills, and cardinals are some of the many birds that gather to dine on its buds, blooms, and seeds. Insect-eating birds delight in the wide assortment of caterpillars Sweet Birch hosts as well. A choice addition to your backyard bird sanctuary.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
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Sweet Birch, a.k.a. Black Birch, is a cool climate–loving species. It is found primarily in New England; where its range does dip down south, it mostly sticks to the Appalachian Mountains. You’ll recognize it by its dark, Cherry-like bark (it is also known as the Cherry Birch) and the wintergreen flavor of its twigs when you nibble them. This wintergreen extract was once harvested commercially for use in flavoring medicines and candy. And, for flavoring Birch beer—both alcoholic and non-alcoholic! You can make your own Birch tea—a refreshing alternative—by steeping the twigs in hot water. Cheers!
Fantastic in fall! Most Birch Trees have nice yellow fall color, but Sweet Birch is spectacular in this department. When days turn frosty, it turns a rich, glowing gold from head to toe, lighting up the whole garden.
How to Grow
Sweet Birch can handle whatever Old Man Winter can dish out, but summer is another story. Prolonged hot spells can weaken the tree, though Sweet Birch is tougher than many Birch Trees. Don’t plant this tree near surfaces that reflect or radiate heat, like asphalt driveways or the southern side of buildings. Make sure to mulch your tree to keep the roots cool and moist, and water regularly. Pruning is best done in summer or just after leaf-fall.
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