Charleston tree companies have to go the extra mile when it comes to learning about the trees they service. Now that you know a little bit about what birch trees are, let’s take a look at some fun facts about them:

  • The Latin name for birch trees, betula, comes from the Celtic word for bright or shining.
  • River birch trees have a relatively short life span at just 35 years.
  • Birch trees are often used in folk medicine. For example, the bark can be used to make a tea that’s said to help with digestive issues.
  • When rain is minimal, trees begin to shed leaves and branches.
  • The wood of birch trees is very strong and durable, which is why it’s often used for making furniture and other wood products.
  • Birch trees are one of the first trees to change color in the fall, and their leaves are often used in autumnal decorations.
  • Birch trees aren’t just for urban landscapes. They’re also found in forests and woodlands.
  • Birch tree roots can be invasive towards water and fountains.
  • Birch trees require a reliable water source and lots of sunlight to thrive.