Fagus grandifolia - American Beech
This towering deciduous tree displays low branches, perfect for climbing, and a large trunk of 2-3' at maturity. Edible beechnuts are enjoyed by a variety of animals including deer, black bears, foxes, American crows, and bluejays. Leaves become yellow-bronze and often remain most of the winter.
- Wonderful shade tree
- Leaves display golden-bronze fall color
- Attracts butterflies including the Early Hairstreak and Harvester butterflies
- Beechnuts provide a food source for a variety of birds and other critters
- Provides cover and nest sites for many different birds
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Smooth grey bark has been used as a canvas for carving indefinite dates and initials.
Grows well in moist, well-drained, acidic soil.