University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Trees for Your Home
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Yellow Birch
Betula alleghaniensis
Yellow Birch bark
Size:

Small

Medium
Size: large
Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage


Bronze birch borers, leaf miners and birch skeletonizer. Leaf spots and cankers.
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 6 
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Mature Height: 60-75 Feet
Features: Shiny silvery-gray peeling bark; pale yellow fall color.
Culture: Full sun or partial shade; best in soils that are moist but well drained; tolerant of a wide range of soil pH.
Mature Form: Rounded
Native To: United States
Soil Conditions:
Dry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Dry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Uses:
Massing
Patio
Screen
Use for: Shade.Shade
Specimen
Street
Wind Break
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Yellow
 
Additional Notes: Less prone to bronze birch borers than white-barked birches, but the insect can still be a problem.

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