Color: Sapwood is creamy yellow or pale white in yellow birch; heartwood is light redish brown tinged with red. Sweet birch has light colored sapwood and heartwood is dark brown tinged with red.
Grain: Medium figuring, straight, closed grain, even textured. Occasional curly grain or wavy figure in some boards.
Properties: Hardness:1260 Janka Table, 2% softer than Northern red oak. Durability: Hard and stiff; very strong.