Due to the potential for Beech Bark Disease affecting this species, we decided to no longer offer it in the 2023 Spring Tree & Shrub sale.
American beech is a sturdy, imposing tree, 50-80 ft. tall, with a maximum height of 120 ft. it is a handsome shade tree and bears similar edible beechnuts, which are consumed in quantities by many mammals, and game birds. Unlike most trees, beeches retain smooth bark in age. Root system is shallow, so it is difficult to grow grasses under beech.
Current Sale Size: 1-2 year old seedlings, 18-24"
Transplant Establishment Difficulty: High
* We do not guarantee plant survival.
NOTICE: This species is vulnerable to the Beech Bark Disease (BBD) that has become prevalent in the upper peninsula and northern Michigan. Trees will be more susceptible if there are affected mature populations nearby. About 1-3% of American Beech is resistant to BBD, so we can make no guarantee for these transplants.
Growth Rate: Slow (6-12" / year)
Soils: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Moist to wet
Shade Tolerance: Full sun to Shade
Mature Height: 50-80 ft. tall, with a maximum height of 120 ft.
Deer Damage Potential: High
Uses: Lumber, Shade, wildlife, ornamental, fall colors, food, birds
USDA Plant Profile