<p>Deciduous tree that can reach heights of 20-35m. Bark smooth and grey. Buds narrowly ellipsoid; up to 2 cm long with a sharp point. Leaves alternate; simple and oval/oblong with serrate margins, measuring 5-10 cm. Monoecious; flowers unisexual, inconspicuous. Fruit lobed; multiple angled nuts protected by prickly husks. </p>
Nuts suitable for human consumption; key source of food for many vertebrates, including birds, bears, and squirrels.
Often used in flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, and even rough lumber.
Leaf with twig and bud
Page by Kathryn Grice and Wilson Lam • Flowering in late April or early May, beech trees are quite vulnerable to decay fungi; more than 70 types of fungi have been found to infect beech trees.