Fagus grandifolia

American Beech

All you could ask for from a tree. The ancient keeper of the magic forest,
canvas and chronicle of heart bound lovers, lodestone of natural beauty in all seasons, a mature beech carries the mark of nobility to which all other trees aspire. American Beech shows up in sun and shade, acid to alkaline soils, wet to dry sites, from red clay to bony ridges and beech gaps, from Nova Scotia to panhandle of Florida and west to Eastern Texas.

Category: Large shade tree; deciduous
Hardiness: 4 to 9
Foliage: Pleasing, simple, dark green
Fall Color: Warm creamy gold
Flower: Insignificant
Fruit: Small nuts, staple diet of the now vanished passenger pigeon
Bark: Smooth silvery gray, fairly glows in the woods
Winter Interest: Unmatched silvery smooth anatomy
Texture: Medium to fine relative to proportions
Shape: Rounded, in the open
Mature Size: 70' tall x 50' wide
Growth Rate: Slow in youth, faster with age
Adaptability: Soil, sun and shade
Native Habitat: Native to every Eastern state and then some