European Beech

Arbor walk #14, Treekeeper ID #1691

This beautiful non-native tree is adaptable to the midwest. It has golden bronze leaves in the fall and its bark has a gray, elephant-hide appearance.

Being the most common ornamental Beech tree, the European Beech develops a wide, dense canopy and can grow up to 60 feet, providing ample shade in the spring and summer months. Its wood is reddish and very hard, so it is often used for firewood as well as the building of cabinetry and other furniture. However, its bark is extremely thin, and is easily scarred, making this tree a favorite to carve graffiti and initials into.

Common NameEuropean Beech
Latin NameFagus sylvatica
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