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Yellow Birch — 4 Comments

  1. Another possibility is the hornbeam (carpinus caroliniana). When you return in November, since the leaves will mostly be off the trees, look for a heavily fluted trunk that has thin, smooth, gray to bluish gray bark. The tree doesn’t grow very tall – maybe 25′, unlike the yellow birch. Your property isn’t disturbed, so I’d be inclined to lean towards a hornbeam.

    • Thanks, Bob. I probably should have consulted with you before I posted the piece, but I didn’t think to do so. I’ll keep an eye out for shrubby trees with heavily fluted trunks and smooth, gray to bluish gray bark.

  2. I think your land qualifies as disturbed land; it’s not virgin forest. I’m not familiar with that birch. I have some birches but their leaves are not serrated.

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