American Beech

American Beech

Fagus grandifolia

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Focal point, Keystone Species, Shade Tolerant

Height: 50 - 80'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: Yellow-Green

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Deep, rich, moist but well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Fagus grandifolia, North American Beech

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Description

Keystone Value: The genus Fagus (Beech) supports over 120 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)  is a large tree that often reaches 50-80′ in height and width and provides landscape interest throughout the year. The silvery-white bark provides interest in the winter, and spring blooms emerge as feathery tassels. In the summer it is an impressive shade tree, and the autumn foliage is a striking golden bronze. American Beech prefers moist, well-drained soil and can tolerate full-sun to part-shade. If given enough space, American Beech performs beautifully as a specimen tree, or it can be allowed to sucker and form a hedge or grove. Its wildlife value cannot be overstated. Beechnuts ripen in the fall and provide food for a wide range of mammals and birds. As a keystone species American Beech supports over 120 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, including the Banded Tussock Moth pictured above.


 

Additional information

Height

50 – 80'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color

Yellow-Green

Soil Moisture

Medium

Soil Type

Deep, rich, moist but well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names

Fagus grandifolia, North American Beech

Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.