Betula lenta – Black Birch

Black Birch (Betula lenta) is a native tree with edible sap and cambium (inner bark). Young leaves and trigs can also be eaten or used for flavoring. Black birch has shiny bark with horizontal lenticels (raised pores). Broken twigs have a wintergreen scent from the methyl salicylate in the tree.   Twigs can be used […]

Gaultheria procumbens – Teaberry

Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens) is a native, low growing evergreen shrub that can be found across North America.  Teaberry, also known as American wintergreen, can be found in areas with acidic soil and abundant rain. It grows in dense carpets, spreading by rhizomes. Teaberry has leathery evergreen leaves. The plant produces white or light pink bell-shaped […]