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Fagus grandifoliaFagus grandifoliaFagus grandifolia

American beech

Photograph(s) by*: CM NRCS, CM NRCS

Characteristics

Height: 50-100'
Spread: 50-75'
Flowers: Apr.-May; yellow-green
Fruit: Sept.-Nov.; orange-green; nut/nut-like
Fall color: yellow/ tan; retains leaves till spring

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade
Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: 4.1-6.5
Soil type: Loamy Sandy

Habitat

variety of soils, moist rich uplands and lowlands

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD DE PA NY WV VA

Wildlife

Songbird Waterfowl Small mammal *
high wildlife value

Notes

edible nuts; attractive bark; leaves may persist into winter



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/1196.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004