Though, when I got home to prepare them, they turned far less fragrant than anticipated. Sad. I will figure out something purposeful for them, none the less.
Indeed, I usually gather fragrant birch medicine before April, so it could be simply too late to get the most of it.
At any rate, it's a tree worth knowing well, and adoring often.
Golden/Yellow Birch: Betula alleganiensis:
Stunning prominent lenticels (breathing pores in the bark)
Stunning, peeling layers of bark
Lush green leaves
Often growing new branches from trunk areas that have been injured.
Easy to make a good amount of medicine from just a few branches.
Take care to learn ecological methods for wildcrafting and pruning tree branches before doing so.
Happy Gathering <3