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Betula glandulosa - Michx.
                 
Common Name Scrub Birch
Family Betulaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Streambanks, marsh margins, lakes and bogs, also found on alpine slopes[60].
Range North-western N. America - Newfoundland to Alaska, southwards on mountain ranges.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Betula glandulosa Scrub Birch


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 1: 611.
Betula glandulosa Scrub Birch
Susan McDougall @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
   
Physical Characteristics
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Betula glandulosa is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 1 and is not frost tender. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
B. crenata. B. glandulifera.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Young leaves and catkins - raw[172]. The buds and twigs are used as a flavouring in stews[172].
Medicinal Uses


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Antirheumatic;  Antiseborrheic;  Astringent;  Lithontripic;  Salve;  Sedative.

The bark is antirheumatic, astringent, lithontripic, salve and sedative[172].
Other Uses
Hair.

The plant is valuable for ground cover[245]. An infusion of the plant is used as a hair conditioner and dandruff treatment[172].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in a well-drained loamy soil in a sheltered position[11, 200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Shade tolerant[200]. B. glandulifera, mentioned above as a synonym of this species, might be a separate species in its own right[11, 200]. This species is native to areas with very cold winters and often does not do well in milder zones. It can be excited into premature growth in mild winters and this new growth is susceptible to frost damage[200]. The branches are covered in aromatic glands, and the leaves are pleasantly fragrant when crushed[245]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[50]. This species is closely related to B. nana[11]. Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a light position in a cold frame[78, 80, 113, 134]. Only just cover the seed and place the pot in a sunny position[78, 80, 134]. Spring sown seed should be surface sown in a sunny position in a cold frame[113, 134]. If the germination is poor, raising the temperature by covering the seed with glass can help[134]. 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[78, 80, 113, 134].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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