Ed Golson Outdoor Education

american beech tree

Scientific Name: Fagus grandifolia

Description: This deciduous tree is easy to identify due to its smooth gray bark. Beech trees can reach heights between 50 to 80 feet high, but it takes them a while because they grow slowly, even for trees. The leaves on this tree are 2 to 5 inches long and are bright, glossy green in color. In the fall, the leaves turn a golden brown or bronze color.  

The fruit of this tree is a small three-winged nut that is safe to eat. It tastes much like a small walnut. The nuts often attract many squirrels and birds to the tree during the fall.


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