Fagus grandifolia 
American beech

Fagus grandifolia¨›
Fagus grandifolia¨›
Photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Fagus grandifolia 
Common name: American beech
Group: dicot
Family: Fagaceae
Growth type: tree
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 100'
Foliage: alternate, simple, pinnately veined, 11 to 14 pairs of veins with each vein ending in a shartp tooth; shiny green above
Flower/fruit: monoecious, blooms late April to mid May; fruit late July to September
Bark: smooth; thin, gray. Easily engraved.
Habitat: well-drained moist rich grounds
Range in New Jersey: statewide excepting the Pine Barrens and coast strip
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. edible nuts; wood is harvested for flooring, furniture, etc.