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Plant Name:

American Beech

Scientific Name:

Fagus grandifolia


American Beech is a large deciduous tree with smooth gray bark and glossy green leaves that turn golden in the fall.


Forests, woodlands, stream banks, well-drained upland areas


Provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. The nuts (beechnuts) are consumed by many wildlife species.

Growing Conditions:

Thrives in well-drained soil in partial shade to full sun.


American Beech has economic uses, including in woodworking and for its edible nuts. It is also an important component of forest ecosystems.

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Fun Facts:

American Beech trees can live for several hundred years and are known for their longevity. They are often a dominant species in old-growth forests.

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Photo by David J. Stang

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