Tiger Birch

Tiger Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)


Common Name: Tiger Birch


Distribution: Northeastern North America


Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be a light reddish brown, with nearly white sapwood. Curly “chatoyance” appearing cross grain gives it the name “tiger”


Janka Hardness: 1,260 lbf


Density: 3.58 lb./b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 7.3%

Tangential (width): 9.5%,

Volumetric (total): 16.8%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.3


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Usually the most common reactions simply include skin and respiratory irritation.


Sustainability: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Turned objects, interior trim and other small specialty wood items.


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