|Betula lenta is a deciduous birch tree, reaching 40-55' tall and 35-45' wide under cultivation. It is dense and pyramidal in youth, irregular and rounded in maturity. The bark is a lustrous reddish brown, reminiscent of cherry bark, with prominent lenticels. Summer foliage is dark green, changing to a lovely golden yellow in the fall. Flowers are catkins, males flowers are 3-4" long, quite pretty, females 1" long. Prefers deep, rich, moist soil but is adaptable. Birches are subject to quite a few pests unfortunately, however it is still excellent for large parks, and naturalized areas. Native from Maine to Alabama, west to Ohio.