European Beech

Arbor walk #14

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.

Common Name European Beech
Latin Name Fagus sylvatica
Type Adaptive, Non-Native
Diameter 14″ dbh 
Color of Leaf Dark green glossy, golden bronze leaves in the fall
Shape of Leaf 2″ to 5″ long, serrated edge
Color of Flower N/A
Shape of Flower N/A
Bark Characteristics 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.

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