Yellow Birch Catkin - Betula alleghaniensis
Cone-like catkins with many hairy scales containing 2-winged nutlets. They mature in autumn and disperse in winter.
Fun fact: The twigs smell like wintergreen when scraped or broken. Also, birch can be tapped for sap to make syrup. It isn't as sweet as maple syrup and has a stronger flavor.
Habitat: Meadow/wetland edge
''Betula alleghaniensis'', the yellow birch or golden birch, is a large and important lumber species of birch native to North-eastern North America. Its vernacular names refer to the color of the tree's bark. The name ''Betula lutea'' was used expansively for this tree but has now been replaced.