(Black Birch or Cherry Birch) An unusual tree which is native to North America, the species name 'lenta' means flexible or tough, referring to the twigs.
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An unusual tree which is native to North America, the species name 'lenta' means flexible or tough, referring to the twigs. Betula lenta has a smooth, dark reddish-brown to black bark when young with large horizontal lenticels. As the bark matures, it turns nearly black with a plate-like effect.
The leaves are oval and pale green in spring / summer, turning superb shades of rich yellow in the autumn time.
- Position: Full sun.
- Soil: Any fertile soil. Betula lenta is tolerant of dry soil conditions.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
- Habit: Medium sized, branching tree.
- Height: 15 m (50 ft)
- Spread: 10 m (32 ft)
- Notes: For best effect, the bark should be scrubbed gently with a hand brush and water once a year. This removes any green algae or grime and helps to restore the colour.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Eventual Size
- Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Special: Windy & Exposed, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Special: Coastal Areas
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour, Ornamental Bark / Colourful Winter Stems, Screening/Hedge
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