Birch bark is used for a variety of purposes, from making jewelry to building canoes. Many people enjoy working with this type of wood due to its versatility, water resistance and rot resistance. However, birch bark needs softening to make working with it easier. Once the bark softens, it is more pliable -- making it ideal for weaving projects and...
"Yellow" birch trees do not derive their name from the color of their leaves, although that color -- seen here in this fall-foliage shot -- is impressively yellow. Find out what the true origin of the name, "yellow" birch is: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/fallfoliagetrees/a/fall_foliage4.htm
Birch trees have yellow to golden fall foliage color. The bark on some varieties is a nice bonus, carrying over interest into the winter. River birch and paper birch are both valued for their exfoliating bark: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/fallfoliagetrees/a/fall_foliage4.htm
Heritage river birch (Betula nigra 'Cully') Zones 4–9 This multi-stemmed tree develops an irregular crown. Deciduous leathery green leaves turn yellow in fall; salmon-white to brownish peeling bark. Grows 40–60 feet high and wide; prefers moist, acid soil and partial shade.
Pachysandra is a wonderful ground cover for shaded areas. Plant carefully because it sends out runners, and you will never get rid of it entirely if you change your mind. It is beautiful if you contain it with some type of edging.
Dakota Pinnacle Birch - Slender and upright in it’s form, and very uniform in growth habit, Dakota Pinnacle Birch is extremely hardy, thriving in climate zones 3 to 7 and tolerant of many soil types including those with alkaline pH. Growing quickly to a mature size of 30′-35′ tall by 8′-10′ wide, Pinnacle becomes an eye catching feature of the landscape as its bark changes from brown in youth to a striking white.