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Fagus grandiflora

American Beech

  • Large, deciduous tree
  • Favors shady slopes and valley
  • Attractive smooth gray bark
  • Great urban shade tree for large, open sites
  • Height: 60-80 Feet
  • Spread: 40-80 Feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9

Interesting Notes:

The American Beech is a shade-tolerant species, favoring the shade more than other trees, commonly found in forests in the final stage of succession. Although sometimes found in pure stands, it is more often associated with Sugar Maple, Yellow Birch, and Eastern Hemlock, typically on moist well drained slopes and rich bottomlands. Near its southern limit, it often shares canopy dominance with Southern Magnolia.

Characteristics & Attributes

Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist, Well-Drained
Attracts Wildlife
Upland Birds and Game
Interesting Bark