* Leaves egg-shaped, sharply pointed and toothed, 1-5". Side veins of
* Bark shiny yellow or silver-gray, and unlike black birch bark, it does
* Buds and twigs hairy.
* Broken twigs emit a wintergreen odor.
* Height: 70-80'.
* Habitat: Moist forests at higher elevations.
* Range: Southern Canada to Delaware and Maryland; more common further
* Oil of wintergreen is made of the sap and leaves of yellow birch. The
wood is often stained and given cherry and mahogany-like finishes.
* Animals that enjoy parts of the tree include ruffed and sharptail
grouse, prairie chicken, white-tailed deer, moose, and red squirrel.
* There are no yellow birches on the Wellesley campus, but they
are found further north in the White Mountains.