Mature Cherry Birch trees are only found in a single location in Ontario: a single stand of them in Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines) on Lake Ontario, on private property. The tree featured on this page is a young one at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: lenta: tough, flexible
Bark of Cherry Birch is dark, not at all like White Birch (Betula papyrifera). This is the bark of a young tree. Note the similarity of the bark to that of Cherries - hence the tree's name: Cherry Birch! The two types of trees are easily confused.
The lower trunk.
The overall form of a young Cherry Birch.
The leaves are elliptical. This is the upper side of a leaf.