The stately American Beech was once abundant across North America, but is now found primarily in the eastern U.S. It’s a deciduous slow-grower that reaches its greatest height and longest life — 300-400 years — in rich, moist, alluvial soil. The familiar stout trunk and spreading crown sport lustrous oval leaves with distinctive parallel veins and a sawtooth margin.
Beech bark is characteristically smooth and slate-gray, a really striking contrast against the deep green foliage. While beech wood is known for its durability in the flooring and furniture world, it is the triangular beech nut that has such great appeal to wildlife and people as a sweet, nutritious snack.
The beloved beech nut has even lent its name to a famous chewing gum and line of baby food! It’s also one of the best-burning firewoods to be found anywhere, and its coppery-gold autumn color makes it a standout choice for a good-sized yard or bit of acreage.
|Mature Height||50 - 70 feet|
|Mature Spread||40 - 50 feet|
|Mature Form||Round Crown|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun - Partial Sun|
|Flower Color||Small Reddish|
|Fall Color||Copper and Yellow|