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The Yellow Birch B


B. haat, Michx.

The yellow birch shows gleams of yellow under every rent in its gray, silky, frayed-out surface. Here is a timber tree of considerable size and value: its hard wood furnishes the frames of northern sledges; the knots and burs make good mallets; the curiously knotted roots show a curly grain, valuable to the cabinet-maker. From New England to

Minnesota, and south along the Appalachian range, this tree is found, always telling its name by the color of its shaggy bark.