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Fagus

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
FAY-gus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Deciduous tree; leaves alternate, simple, toothed with 1 tooth for each secondary vein; flowers small and inconspicuous; fruit a 3-angled nut inside of a weakly spiny husk.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#NC native
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#NC native
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Fagus
    Family:
    Fagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Temp. Northern Hemisphere to Mexico
    Distribution:
    United States, North Carolina and cultivated.
    Edibility:
    EDIBLE PARTS: Nutmeats, in small quantities, edible raw or cooked. Young leaves can be cooked for greens in the spring.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    A 3-angled nut inside of a weakly spiny husk.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small and inconspicuous
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, toothed with 1 tooth for each secondary vein
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. Stomach upset if eaten raw or unripe.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Saponic glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Seeds