Yellow Birch

Betula Iutea.

Yellow Birch is strong, hard, and heavy and boasts an off white to light tan sapwood and golden brown heartwood. It is a close-grained wood with an indistinct grain pattern. Yellow birch grows across the Northern and northern Appalachian region. It represents less than 5% of the timber stand, and lumber production. The specie works well; it is easy to paint, stain, and finish.

General Information

Uses Availability Price
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, interior trim, architectural woodwork. Generally available in 4/4 and 5/4, limited availability in 6/4 and thicker. Color selected stock limited in availability. Moderate to valuable.

Relative Working Properties

Machining Resistance to splitting in nailing Resistance to splitting in screwing Gluing
Excellent Fair Fair Good

Physical Properties

Specific gravity (12% m.c.) Average shipping weight kilograms (kg) per cubic metre (m3) air dry Average volumetric shrinkage (oven dry % of green) Modulus of rupture (kilopascals) Modulus of elasticity (megapascals) Side hardness (newtons)
0.62 640 16.8 114000 13900 5600