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American Beech

American Beech Leaves of American beech Bark of American beech
American Beech
G. Lumis
Leaves of American beech
G. Lumis
Bark of American beech
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Fagus grandifolia

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 
Height: 60 ft
Spread: 60 ft
Form: irregular 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: less than 12 inches 

This large tree is naturally low-branched with attractive glossy green leaves. In the fall, the leaves turn bronze but weather to a light tan color. Some leaves are held late into the winter if not blown off by the wind. The smooth gray bark is ornamental. The tree needs an acid soil and is difficult to transplant. Dense shade and low branching will wreak havoc on lawn grasses growing beneath the tree. 

Text provided by Michigan State University Extension