The American Beech Tree
 


Image: Maine Tree Club



Scientific  name: The scientific name for the American Beech is Fagus grandifolia.
 

Height: The American Beech reaches 50-70 feet tall. The trunk's diameter can reach to be 13 feet.

Soil: The American Beech likes well drained, moist, acidic soil. The American Beech needs full sun to grow well. The shape of the American Beech tree is like a large crown.
 

Bark: The color of the bark is thin, smooth and light bluish-gray.The twigs are a thin gray color, and smooth.
 

Leaves: The leaves are like teeth. The length of the leaves are 3-5 inches long. The leaves change color in the fall.
 

Fruit: The fruit is shaped like triangles. It usually flowers from April to early May. The fruit has a burr, which can contain 2 or 3 edible nuts.

 Shape:The shape of the American Beech tree is like a large crown.
 

Twigs: The twigs are a thin gray color, and smooth.
 

Wood: The wood is usually used for flooring and furniture.

Some Interesting Facts: The American Beech can live to be 300 years old.  The tree's beechnuts are roasted, eaten and used as coffee substitute. The leaves and bark are used to make dyes. Because the American Beech is shaped like a crown the American Beech is used for large areas such as parks and golf courses.

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