birch species

Species - Domestic

Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish

 

appearance

Color: In yellow birch (B. alleghaniensis), sapwood is creamy yellow pale while; heartwood is light reddish brown tinged with red. In sweet birch (B. lenta), sapwood is light colored and heartwood is dark brown tinged with red.

Birch Species

Grain: Medium figuring, straight, closed grain, even texture. Occasional curly grain or wavy figure in some boards.

 

Variations Within Species and Grades: Yellow birch, sweet birch, paper birch. Paper birch (B. papyrifera) is softer and lower in weight and strength than yellow or sweet birch. However, yellow birch is most commonly used for flooring. Boards can vary greatly in grain and color.

 

appearance

Readily available.

 

origin

North America