Common Name: American Beech
Scientific Name: Fagus grandifolia
Other Names: North American Beech
- Smooth gray bark
- 50-70 feet tall with rounded crown
- Alternate leave growth
- Leaves are elliptical, single toothed, and dark green
- Leaves often stay on the tree during the winter
- Grows in mix hardwood forest
- Found in moist or loamy soils
- Grows in coastal areas and up to 3,300 feet
- Beechnuts can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute
- The wood is fairly quality. It is used in cheap furniture, pulp wood, and baskets
- The American Beech is native to North America
- The American Beech is now confined to the eastern United States
- It is an indicator species for Northern Hardwood Forest
- December 2020- Northern Vermont- I was walking in the woods and noticed the Beech tree still holding on to its leaves. The leaves are very noticeable in the winter woods. This led to a deeper investigation into the tree.
- The older taller Beech trees seem to drop more of their leaves
- I would like to observe this tree through a complete year. I don’t think I have ever noticed a Beechnut on the tree or on the ground.
- Questions that still need to be answered:
- Why does the Beech Tree hold on to it’s leaves?
- What does Beechnut coffee taste like?