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Fagus grandifolia

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
American beech, Beech
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Trees
Comment:

Native; large tree with very dense shade; shallow roots; difficult to grow plants underneath; nuts attract birds and squirrels

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.
Height:
50-80 ft.
Flower:
Small, three winged nut
Zones:
3-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Dense; broad with wide spreading crown
Poison Part:
Unripe , raw nuts (seeds).
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion.
Symptoms:
Stomach upset.
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: Nutmeats, in small quantities, edible raw or cooked. Young leaves can be cooked for greens in the spring. SAFE HAN
Toxic Principle:
Saponic glycoside.
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
Found in:
Forest or natural area in rich woods; landscape as cultivated tree.
Width:
40-60 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow
Leaf:
2-5 in. alternate, simple leaf; golden brown fall color; foliage on young trees remains in winter
Tags:
TSC, deciduous, fall color, birds, wildlife plant, wildlife, shade tree

NCCES plant id: 1993

Fagus grandifolia Fagus grandifolia
Geneva Wirth, CC BY-NC-2.0
Fagus grandifolia Flowers
Fritz Flohr Reynolds, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Fagus grandifolia Leaves
Katja Schulz, CC BY - 2.0
Fagus grandifolia Fall color
Katja Schulz, CC BY - 2.0
Fagus grandifolia Bark
Nicholas, CC BY - 2.0