Sweet Birch - Betula lenta
A straight-trunked birch that can reach 80 feet in height, Sweet Birch is primarily a species of the Appalachian Mountains where it grows to elevations of 5,000 feet. The common name comes from the sweet wintergreen taste of the bark and twigs. The wood is hard and deeply colored, making the tree economically valuable. Six-inch long leaves are broad near the base and pointed at the tip; they are doubly-toothed, deep green above, and hairy beneath. Autumn color is golden. Male and female catkins are borne on the same tree.