American Beech | Congaree National Park (S.C.)

• Fagus grandifolia

• Tall tree grows to 60 - 80 feet with 2 - 3 foot diameter

• Distinctive, smooth gray bark

• Long, slender many-scaled buds

• Egg-shaped and coarse-toothed leaves 3 - 6 inches

• Small, triangular fruit enclosed in spiny bracts

• Fruits good source of food for birds and mammals

• Wood quality fair - used for cheap furniture and tool handles

• Widely planted as ornamental tree

• Habitat includes fertile woods

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