* Leaves elliptic or egg-shaped, coarse-toothed, 1-5".
* Bark gray and smooth, twigs hairless.
* Buds shiny brown, long, slender, sharply pointed, many-scaled.
* Fruits small, edible, triangular nuts enclosed in a husk that
is covered with soft spines.
* Height: 60-80'.
* Flowers April - May.
* Fruits September - October.
* Habitat: Rich, mature soils.
* Range: Eastern half of the United States, southeastern Canada.
* Legends, both fanciful and true, have been inscribed in
the beech's smooth bark. American adventurer Daniel Boone carved
in a tree in Tennessee:
Cilled A Bar
In Year 1760."
* "I frequently tramped eight or ten miles though the deepest
snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree."
-Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862
* Animals that feed on beech nuts include pheasant, ruffed grouse,
black bear, red and gray fox, cottontail
rabbit, flying squirrel, porcupine, and opossum.