American beech

Fagus grandifolia

Identification Hints

Beech trees are recognized by their smooth and light gray bark; old trees sometimes have initials carved into the bark. Leaves are narrowly ovate with 12-16 widely spaced teeth. Long slender twigs have tapering copper-colored leaf buds. The sharply angled nut is enclosed in spiny husk. Found in moist woods.

Young Leaves

Full-grown Leaves

Twigs & Buds