Sweet Birch
Betula lenta

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WARNING(S)
Oil from Sweet Birch is toxic. See Notes.

Family
Betulaceae

Also Called
Black Birch

Description
15.2-21.3 meter (50-70ft) deciduous tree with nonpeeling, often smooth, aromatic bark. Leaves are toothed, ovaloid, and approximately 6in long. Buds are hairless with strong wintergreen smell. Flowers are found in catkins in early spring.

Location
Found in dense forest. Ranges from Quebec down east coast of United States to Alabama.

Uses and Parts Used

Bark
Bark tea used for fevers, stomachache, and lung ailments. Oil from bark used for anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to treat rheumatism, gout, and bladder infection.

Notes
Oil from birch bark is now produced synthetically from menthol. Oil is easily absorbed through skin and is toxic.

Sweet Birch- Click for Full Image
Sweet Birch- Click for Full Image