American Beech

Fagus grandifolia

Native to eastern North America, these trees produce large amounts of seeds that are an important source of food for many native animals. Beech nuts were a primary food item of the now-extinct Passenger Pigeon and clear-cutting of these trees contributed to the decline of this once abundant bird.
Habitat:
Prefers damp woods with rich soil.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree, growing to 22.9 m tall with oval or pyramidal crown.
Bloom Time:
Mid-spring.
Longevity:
300-400 years.
Presence in US:
AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IL IN KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX UT VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:
NB NS ON PE QC