American Beech Fagus grandifolia
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AK, AZ, HI
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The formal and stately American beech holds a special place in many hearts. The wide-spreading canopy provides great shade in the summer and beautiful bronze coloring in the fall. It is a versatile tree, often used in parks, golf courses, and acreages. While not a fast grower, this tree is a lovely legacy for future generations.
- Provides golden bronze fall color
- Produces beechnuts that are an important food for wildlife including wild turkeys, foxes, and porcupines
- Features smooth, silvery-gray bark
- Will be delivered at a height of 2'–3'
Your Tree’s Personality
Slow to Medium
Beechnuts are eaten by birds and mammals, serving as an important food for chipmunks and squirrels.
A sturdy, densely canopied tree, the American Beech was a sign of fertile soil to early settlers and was quickly removed so the plow could take over and farming for food could commence. In hilly locations, it was the home for migrating Passenger Pigeons who were so numerous that they broke off the limbs of the trees from the sheer weight of their numbers when they perched on them. There was a Beech tree on the old stage road between Blountsville and Jonesboro, Tennessee that had an inscription carved into the trunk that read "D. Boone Cilled A Bar On Tree In Year 1760." The tree fell in 1916 and had a girth of 28-1/2 feet. The Forest Service estimated the tree's age to be 365 years, making it fully two centuries old before Daniel Boone inscribed on it.
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