Fagus grandifolia

American Beech

From the Eastern United States and Canada, Fagus grandifolia is a large, handsome, slow-growing deciduous tree with a habit similar to European beech, but with a heavier, more spreading crown and a tendency to sucker. The bark is thin, smooth and silvery-grey. The large, oval leaves emerge covered with downy hairs, turning light green; they have slightly toothed edges and turn golden-yellow to straw-coloured in autumn. Insignificant flowers in May are followed by little nuts in prickly cases. American beech needs a sheltered site, and will not grow as large in our climate as in the US.

Site: Warm, sunny, sheltered site
Soil: Rich, loamy, humus-rich soil
Position: Full sun
Season of interest: Spring to autumn
Hardiness: Very hardy
Height: up to 98’
(30m) Spread: 115’ (35m) over time

Photo taken by Plant Image Library, cropped, and licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.
Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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