The American Beech Tree


The American Beech Tree can grow up to 120 feet in the woods. The dense shade of this tree make is a very appealing tree on a hot summer day.

It’s known for its white wood that is resistant to rot under water, and was used for water wheels in Colonial times. Today, beech wood is most commonly used for furniture, toys, and barrels to age beer in.

The Beech is native to North America and can be found throughout the U.S. except for pockets of the deep south areas of Florida, Texas, and California.

Below is a summary of tree facts for the American Beech:

Scientific Name: Fagus Grandifolia
Region: North America
Height: 50-75 feet
Spread: 40-60 feet
Leaf Length & Color: 2-4 inches, green
Fall Leaf Color: Copper; Yellow
Unique Characteristics: Has a small oval fruit ½” in diameter which
is edible for human consumption.


American Beech Tree

These trees can be easy to spot in the fall from their bronze foliage that turns white as winter arrives, and the leaves will often hang on longer than other deciduous trees. In the summertime, you’ll notice the massive height and dense shade. And because of their shade, you’ll notice little growth under their canopy. So here’s hoping you get a moment to spot and admire this great American tree.

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