Pink Birch

General Info and Benefits

Pink Birch - Betula alleghaniensis

General Description
• Both Pink (Red) Birch and White Birch are from the Yellow Birch tree. Pink Birch is the heartwood and White Birch is the Sapwood.
• Yellow birch has a white sapwood and light reddish brown heartwood
• Generally straight-grained with a fine uniform texture
• Generally characterized by a plain and often curly or wavy pattern

Physical Properties
• Is heavy, hard and strong
• Good crushing strength and shock resistance
• Janka Rating System = 1260 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• Eastern U.S., principally Northern and Lake states
• Average tree is 60 to 70 feet high
• Prefers valleys and stream banks though it adapts itself to higher grounds

Relative Abundance
• Availability has tightened in past years making it more difficult to stock and acquire
• 0.7 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available

Did You Know?
• Native Americans often rolled and burned birch bark to keep mosquitoes away
• From sap to bark, birch trees are used to make everything from beer to toothpicks
• “Calico”, which is a mix of the Pink and White colors, is the most abundant color
  • Pink Birch Select
    Pink Birch Select
    Pink Birch Select, sometimes referred to as Red Birch, features a minimal amount of color variation, with a reduced amount of any other natural characteristics. It is commonly used as a stain grade material, and shows more red tones than White Birch.
  • Pink Birch
    Pink Birch
    When used for molding, Pink Birch features reddish tones with minimal color variation and sapwood on the face. It does have an allowance for some natural characteristics such as mineral streaks, small closed knots, and pin knots, but the amount of such is as little as possible.
  • Birch Natural
    Birch Natural
    Natural Birch is cut from material containing both heartwood and sapwood, which will have an allowance for a "calico" look of both Pink and White tones. It may also contain other Natural Grade characteristics such as small closed knots, pin knots, mineral streaks and color variation.
  • Pink Birch Panel / Alder Natural Frame
    Pink Birch Panel / Alder Natural Frame
    Due to color variation that can occur when using Alder Natural panels in recessed panel doors, using a Pink Birch panel with an Alder Natural frame is a popular option to use for recessed panels instead. It often times will present less color variation and grain patterns similar to Alder, while still having an allowance for small knots, pin knots and mineral streaks.
  • Birch Natural Panel / Alder Natural Frame
    Birch Natural Panel / Alder Natural Frame
    A Birch Natural panel with Alder Natural frame will feature an allowance for most natural characteristics in the material. Color and grain variation, mineral streaks, small closed knots, and pin knots may also be seen in this material. It is commonly used on recessed panel doors as a paint grade option. The panel may include some "calico" mix of heartwood and sapwood.
  • Birch Natural Cabinet Grade
    Birch Natural Cabinet Grade
    Used for Sheet Goods, Birch Natural Cabinet Grade offers similar color and grain characteristics as Birch Natural including a "calico" mix of red/pink tones in the heartwood and light brown/tan/white tones in the sapwood. However, this material is usually offered with more natural defects and is typically used as a more economical option with a lower grade face and back. Due to the natural characteristics and variations, this material is not recommended for clear finishes or use on End Panels.