Fagus grandifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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American Beech


Also known as Fagus americana

Plant Specifics

Size:40-80 (100) ft tall by to 40 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Habitats:Upland, mesic to dry mesic hardwood forests.


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. It is known for its smooth light gray bark. Its leaves turn yellow and then light brown remaining on the tree until nearly spring and providing interest to the winter landscape. If you are privileged to have this tree in the landscape, retain and protect it.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



Fruits (a nut in a bur) are valued by wildlife. 

Tree valued for nesting by some songbirds.

Larval host for walnut sphinx (Amorpha juglandis).