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yellow birch

noun
1.
a North American birch, Betula alleghaniensis (or B. lutea), having yellowish or silvery gray bark.
2.
the hard, light, reddish-brown wood of this tree, used in the construction of furniture, buildings, boxes, etc.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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  • yellow birch furnishings, hardwood floors, handmade quilts.
  • These northern hardwoods were dominated by sugar maple and hemlock, and contained some yellow birch, red pine and white pine.
  • The bark of the yellow birch is silver-gray and pealing when the trees are about a foot in diameter.
  • The remaining overstory will consist of dominant seed producing oak and yellow birch, and a few mature white pine.
  • Some dead standing hemlock and yellow birch accentuate the unmanaged appearance.
  • Most of the area is wooded, with tulip poplar and yellow birch at lower elevations, and oak and hickory at higher elevations.
  • The bog forest here is composed of red spruce, hemlock, and yellow birch.
  • yellow birch cannot compete with sugar maple under dense forest canopies.
  • The historic vegetation was primarily hemlock-hardwood forest dominated by hemlock, sugar maple, and yellow birch.
Encyclopedia Article for yellow birch

(Betula alleghaniensis, or B. lutea), ornamental and timber tree of the family Betulaceae, native to the northeastern part of North America.

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