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American Beech Fagus grandifolia 10 Seeds USA Company

American Beech Fagus grandifolia 10 Seeds USA Company

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Fagus grandifolia, commonly known as the American beech, is a majestic deciduous tree native to eastern North America. Belonging to the Fagaceae family, it is one of the largest and most iconic hardwood trees in the region, known for its smooth, silver-gray bark and distinctive foliage.

Here are some key features of Fagus grandifolia:

Leaves: The leaves of the American beech are alternate, simple, and ovate with serrated margins. They are typically dark green and glossy above, and lighter green underneath. In autumn, the leaves turn shades of golden-yellow, copper, or bronze before dropping, adding to the tree's ornamental appeal.

Bark: One of the most striking features of Fagus grandifolia is its smooth, silver-gray bark, which develops distinctive horizontal ridges and fissures with age. The bark provides visual interest throughout the year and contrasts beautifully with the tree's foliage.

Habitat and Growing Conditions: American beech trees are commonly found in mixed hardwood forests, often growing alongside other tree species such as oak, maple, and hickory. They prefer moist, well-drained soils with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. While they can tolerate a range of soil types, they thrive in loamy soils with good organic content.

Wildlife Value: Fagus grandifolia provides important habitat and food sources for a variety of wildlife species. Its nuts, known as beechnuts or mast, are a valuable food source for birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small mammals. The tree's dense foliage also provides nesting sites and shelter for birds and other wildlife.

Cultural and Economic Uses: Historically, American beech wood has been used for a variety of purposes, including furniture, flooring, cabinetry, and veneer. It is valued for its strength, durability, and attractive grain patterns. Additionally, the nuts of Fagus grandifolia have been used for culinary purposes in some cultures, although they are small and labor-intensive to collect.

Landscape Use: American beech trees are prized in landscaping for their stately form, attractive foliage, and ornamental bark. They can be planted as specimen trees in parks, estates, and large residential landscapes, where their beauty and ecological value can be fully appreciated. Hardy in zones 3-9.


Growing Instructions for the American Beech


The seeds need to be planted when received or stored in a refrigerator until they are planted. The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 2-3 months. 2. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Fill a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand or vermiculite. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 4. Water the container and leave it to drain. 5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area. 6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.


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