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American beech

American beech
American beech

American beech
Fagus grandifolia

More common in northern Delaware, beech is easily identified by its smooth, gray bark. Beech grows on a variety of soil types and its thick canopy can form a dense shade. Its nuts are a favorite of wildlife species, but its wood is not valuable and is used for pallets and railroad ties. Its long life, beautiful shape, and great size make it an excellent specimen tree for planting in large spaces.

American beech leaves have prominent parallel veins and usually turn a copper color in the fall. The leaves can persist well into winter.

American beech – Fagus grandifolia
1700 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover *307155127102
Killens Pond State Park, Felton29916211491
618 Silverside Rd., Wilmington296169101103
*wooded lot behind Cedar Chase Apartments