|Young leaves of the Fagus gradifolia tree|
This tree lives on a mountainside near Asheville, North Carolina. Five things I learned about the American Beech today are:
- The leaf margins are called bluntly serrate; can you see how that description fits by looking at the leaf?
- The leaf veins are all parallel to each other and very prominent.
- Many people believe that oils in the beech trees protect the trees from lightening strikes.
- The American Beech tree is part of the Fagaceae Family, which is also the family of the American Chestnut.
- This is a slow growing tree that can reach a height of 100 feet.
|Fagus grandifolia male flowers|