I have been looking for a flavored birch tree to smell again for 6 years now. I took a wacky native plants class back then in Waynesville, NC that taught me about how the Native Americans used this type of birch tree (pictured here) to brush their teeth with (now is this really true?) -and during that time I lived at a house in Bethel, NC which had an abundance of aromatic birch saplings for me to sniff on, mmmmm. I hadn't found one since, till today. These trees have the most amazing scent of all time, they smell like wintergreen and root beer - a scent so strong yet totally non offensive it can make your mouth water and there's a natural instinct to just chew on a branch. Or make a drink out of it.
The bark has alot of nuances going on, from smooth to peeling and cracked - but across the whole trunk is a basic pattern of patchy lighter and darker greys. I have nothing but love for these birch trees. :)