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About the beech tree
American beech - Fagus grandifolia
Identification: American beech is recognizable by its smooth, thin gray bark and moderately toothed, ribbed oval leaves which come to a tip. Its leaves turn golden and bronze in autumn. In winter, the tree can be identified by its long, pointed winter buds. In autumn, they produce brown beechnuts. Beeches are slow-growing shade trees.
Height: 50-70 feet
Preferences: Full sun. Hardiness zones 4-9. Drought-sensitive.
Wildlife value: Beech nuts are eaten by mice, squirrels, chipmunks, black bears, deer, fox, ruffed grouse, ducks and blue jays.
Uses: Wood is hard, close grained and usually pale in color. This wood is typically used for fuel, flooring, furniture, tool handles and woodenware.
Threats: Beech Bark Disease, caused by a sap-feeding scale insect and a fungus, threatens Michigan's beech trees. Affected trees decline in health and eventually die.