American Beech Tree
American Beech Leaf
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American Beech Tree
American Beech Leaf
American Beech Additional Product Shot 125
American Beech Additional Product Shot 497

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 50' to 70'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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American Beech
Fagus grandifolia
$475.00
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Walking through an American Beech tree forest has a soothing effect on frazzled nerves.  Feeling sheltered under its magnificent domed canopy, watching the shadow-play on the smooth gray trunks, and hearing the bustle of squirrels foraging for Beech nuts, you can’t help but feel your worries fade away.  You can bring a bit of this magic to your own space by planting this noblenative shade tree on your property.  And while you’ll enjoy watching your tree grow and change through the seasons, even more satisfying, perhaps, will be pleasure of knowing the joy you’ll pass along to others.  Planting a Beech tree today is a wonderful and generous gift to many generations to come.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 50' to 70'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
Shipping Summer of 2018

The Story

American Beech is possibly our country’s most elegant forest tree.  In winter, its bleached, tissue-paper leaves flutter against slate-gray trunks, in spring, jade-green leaves emerge, in fall, the foliage turns shades of warm yellow and topaz.  Native across a broad expanse of the Eastern U.S. and Canada, American Beech is a climax species, eventually dominating a forest if conditions are right.  It can grow to over 100 feet tall in the wild.  Its nuts feed deer, bears, porcupines, squirrels, turkeys, blue jays, and at one time, passenger pigeons—now extinct.

The Details

An American classic! Easily identified by its smooth gray bark (it kinda looks like elephant skin) and bright green leaves. The grandeur of this tree shows in the massive branching structure of mature trees. A legacy tree for sure. 

How to Grow

American Beech is particular in its needs.  It prefers the woodsy soils that it calls home, so if you live in an older neighborhood and native beeches grow nearby, this tree may be a good fit.  Newer subdivisions where the topsoil has been scraped off spell trouble.  American Beech likes a steady supply of moisture, but no standing water, and it won’t tolerate soil being piled on top of its roots, as happens sometimes during construction projects.  It is shallow-rooted and needs to “breathe,” just like you and me.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 60'
Avg Mature Width 60'
Spacing 50' to 70'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Gold/Bronze
Flower Color N/A
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall when shipped, well spaced branching and developed structure. Faster growing with age, the slow years behind us with this landscape ready size. Grown in #15 tree container.

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American Beech Tree
American Beech Leaf
American Beech Additional Product Shot 125
American Beech Additional Product Shot 497