THE METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
The American Beech is easily recognized in winter. Small prickly nut shells and dried sharp toothed leaves stay on
the branches through the winter. The buds are long and pointed at the ends of the branches.
The smooth bark of the Beech tree is a favorite for carving names. This tree is one
of our common forest trees. The seeds, called beechnuts, are food for squirrels,
deer, mice, and other mammals.
Elongate sharp pointed buds are characteristic of the American Beech.
Some leaves still cling to the branches in February.