Sweet Birch Tree
As a member of the birch family, the sweet birch tree is a common landscaping tree species which are planted all around the world. They can grow up to 50 feet in height with a 30-foot spread and they are also referred as black birch trees. They get these names from the black colour of the bark and the sweet taste of the sap. Their sap has a similar taste as the maple’s sap but their sap production is far less than maple trees.
They prefer well-drained soil conditions with full-sunlight. The like slightly acidic and moist soil types as well. You should ensure that adequate water is supplied to keep the soil moist in most times. Avoid over-water at all times to prevent their roots from rotting. They cannot survive in compact soil types because their roots cannot reach deep underground locations. So, you should avoid planting them in clay soil conditions.
As a common landscaping tree variety, the wood of the sweet birch trees can also be used in many occasions because of their hard structure. The most common usages of their timbers are some places requiring strong wood and logs such as furniture, flooring and building material. Apart from the wood, some parts of these trees like small twigs can also be used in food industry. Some of the twigs have a special taste which can be used as a special kind of herbal tea.
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