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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a light position in a cold frame[1][2][3][4]. Only just cover the seed and place the pot in a sunny position[1][2][4]. Spring sown seed should be surface sown in a sunny position in a cold frame[3][4]. If the germination is poor, raising the temperature by covering the seed with glass can help[4]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. If you have sufficient seed, it can be sown in an outdoor seedbed, either as soon as it is ripe or in the early spring - do not cover the spring sown seed. Grow the plants on in the seedbed for 2 years before planting them out into their permanent positions in the winter[1][2][3][4].

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An easily grown plant, it succeeds in a well-drained loamy soil in a sheltered position[5][6]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Dislikes wet soils[6]. Shade tolerant[6]. Cherry birch is said to tolerate an annual precipitation of ca 60 to 150cm, an average annual temperature range of 5 to 12°C, and a pH of 4.5 to 7.5[7]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[8]. The bruised foliage has a strong smell of wintergreen[6]. A good plant to grow near the compost heap, aiding the fermentation process[9]. Trees can be coppiced on a cycle of 5 years or more[10]. Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[6].


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Full Data

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Binomial name
Betula lenta
Imported References
Edible uses
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Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
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Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
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