7 responses to “Fagus grandifolia”

  1. bev

    Wow, what beautiful photos; thank you! While I never wanted one in my yard since they’re frustrating to garden under (dry and heavy shade), these are spectacular trees to view in the woods. The temptation to carve one’s initials on them, however, seems irresistible so it can be hard to find a pristine one in the suburban patches of forest.

  2. Beverley

    Fagus grandifolia – Z4 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Fagus grandifolia – Z3-9 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  3. Allison Kendrick

    I remember my grandmother in Iowa telling me about the beech tree disease and showing me the dead ones on her farm–she was mournful about it, and now I can see why. Have these beautiful trees seen a comeback?

  4. Aida

    I celebrate seing healthy trees like these ones and mourn when someone has taken the liberty in carving their initials on it’s bark for the damage they cause when they do that.
    Nevertheless, this is a glorious photograph, beautifully composed. The exposure renders inviting tones – typical of the Carolinian forests. The trunk, at the base, reminds me of ostrich feet.

  5. Michael F

    Nice specimens!
    I’d not care to try to distinguish them from European Beech (F. sylvatica) “from the road while practicing high-speed botany”!
    The most useful distinction may be those root sprouts, as European Beech doesn’t produce them. Don’t know about other species of beech, whether they do or not.

  6. Amanda

    I live in suburban Atlanta in a small pocket of sloped and rocky forest where the dominant trees are these beeches. Growing up, they impressed me beyond belief. Some on my property are big enough to fit three arm-lengths around them.

  7. Rupert R

    Michael, I didn’t see root sprouts on Oriental Beech forests in the ‘Starry Mountains’ (Yildiz Daglari) of NW Turkey

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