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American Beech Bark

American beech has grey, smooth bark and often called the "initial tree".

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The leaves are finely toothed. Flowers are small catkins produced in spring. The fruit is a small, sharply 3-angled nut in pairs and in soft-spined husks.
Beech Bark

Beech Bark

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Beech (Fagus Spp.) - Alternate Ranked

  • Often confused with birch, hophornbeam and ironwood.
  • Has long narrow scaled buds (vs. short scaled buds on birch).
  • Has grey, smooth bark and often called the "initial tree".
  • Has no catkins.
  • Has spiny-husked nuts.
  • Often root suckers surround old trees.
  • "Human-like" looking roots on older trees.
  • Identify the Beeches

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