Main Uses

Furniture, millwork and paneling, doors, flooring, kitchen cabinets, turnings and toys.

Relative Abundance

0.7 percent of total U.S. hardwoods that are commercially available.

Fun Facts

Burning birch bark is a natural mosquito repellant.

General Description

Yellow birch has a white sapwood and light reddish brown heartwood. The wood is generally straight-grained with a fine uniform texture. Birch is generally characterized by a plain and often curly or wavy pattern.

Working Properties

The wood works fairly easily, glues well with care, takes stain extremely well, and nails and screws satisfactorily where pre-boring is advised. It dries rather slowly with little degrade, but it has moderately high shrinkage so is susceptible to movement in performance.

Physical Properties

The wood of yellow birch is heavy, hard and strong. It has very good bending properties, with good crushing strength and shock resistance.

Birch | Kitchen Tune-Up example