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Fagus grandifolia/American Beech

Fagus grandifolia / Fagus grandifolia
A winter scene with beech holding brown foliage in a forest
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A winter scene with beech holding brown foliage in a forest

Beech burr in fall favored by many kinds of wildlife

Dormant tree in late winter

Close-up image of beautiful autumn leaves

Smooth silvery-gray bark of an American beech

Beech foliage and burr containing nutlets

Summer foliage

Typical specimen on the edge of a forest

A colony of mature trees

Lawn specimen

Prominent pointed, cigar-shaped buds in late winter just before new growth begins

Seed burr close-up

A ripening seed pod

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Scientific Name: Fagus grandifolia
Common Name: American Beech
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Highly sensitive to soil compaction or work going on under tree or near its root system. Very little disturbance could result in death of tree. It can be a long-lived shade tree, has nice yellow autumn color, and nut-like fruit eaten by birds and other wildlife.