Description: Large deciduous tree whose trunk has distinctive thin, smooth, gray bark. Beechnuts ripen in fall and are edible
Habit: Attains a height of 50-80 feet- spreading 40-50 feet
Culture: Best grown in deep, rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: Eastern North America
Attributes: Fall color; Showy, edible fruit
American Beech trees were recognized by the colonists, who already knew the famous, closely related European Beech, which Jefferson grew in 1807. The American Beech is a lovely shade tree and bears edible fruits called beechnuts which are an important food source for wildlife. Unlike most trees, beeches retain smooth bark in age.
This plant will ship bare root. Approximately 18"-2' tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.