Monday, April 18, 2011

April 18 - The American Beech

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

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