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On this edition of ID That Tree, meet a range restricted species that is best identified by its bronze to yellowish bark, which often peels off in small flakes. The yellow birch, which is typically found natively in northern Indiana, also has simple finely toothed leaves and twigs that smell like wintergreen when scraped. Learn more from Purdue Extension forester Lenny Farlee inside.

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Resources:
ID That Tree, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources Youtube Channel
A Woodland Management Moment, Playlist, Purdue Extension – FNR Youtube Channel
Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest, The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Native Trees of the Midwest, The Education Store
Investing in Indiana Woodlands, The Education Store
Forest Improvement Handbook, The Education Store

Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


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