American Beech

Fagus grandifolia

Hêtre à grandes feuilles

  Native to eastern North America, American beech will stand out in any forest. It is a large deciduous tree sometimes growing to up 120’ tall . It’ crown is typically dense, upright-oval to rounded-spreading. It blooms yellowish green flowers in the spring, the male flowers in drooping, long-stemmed, globular clusters and the female flowers…


In nature Moist, well-drained slopes and bottomlands..


Companion plant suggestions include Mixed woods, often with Sugar Maple, Yellow Birch and Eastern Hemlock.

Caring for American Beech

Good upland tree. Likes full sun at maturity. Tolerates shade when young. Large space such as lawns, parks, are necessary for wide-spreading root system. Can sucker from roots. Transplant during dormant season.

It is happiest in Well-drained, rich soils, limestone with a pH range 5.0 to 6.5.

In terms of water, American Beech needs Low to moderate need for water. Does not like excessively wet soils.