Definitions for yellow birch
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a North American birch, Betula alleghaniensis, having yellowish or bronze bark.
the hard, light, reddish brown wood of this tree, used for furniture, buildings, boxes, etc.
Origin of yellow birch:
yellow birch, Betula alleghaniensis, Betula leutea(noun)
tree of eastern North America with thin lustrous yellow or grey bark
A species of birch native to North America, scientific name Betula alleghaniensis
Betula alleghaniensis, is a species of birch native to eastern North America, from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, southern Quebec and Ontario, and the southeast corner of Manitoba in Canada, west to Minnesota, and south in the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree reaching 20 m tall with a trunk up to 80 cm diameter. The bark is smooth, yellow-bronze, flaking in fine horizontal strips, and often with small black marks and scars. The twigs, when scraped, have a slight scent of oil of wintergreen, though not as strongly so as the related Sweet Birch. The leaves are alternate, ovate, 6-12 cm long and 4-9 cm broad, with a finely serrated margin. The flowers are wind-pollinated catkins 3-6 cm long, the male catkins pendulous, the female catkins erect. The fruit, mature in fall, is composed of numerous tiny winged seeds packed between the catkin bracts. Betula alleghaniensis is the provincial tree of Quebec, where it is commonly called merisier, a name which in France is used for the wild cherry. The name "yellow birch" reflects the color of the tree's bark. The wood of Betula alleghaniensis is extensively used for flooring, cabinetry and toothpicks. Most wood sold as birch in North America is from this tree. Several species of Lepidoptera use the species as a food plant for their caterpillars. See the list of Lepidoptera that feed on birches.
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