Also called North American beech.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA Midwest, East and South.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
Fagus hosts caterpillars of 120 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Leaves may be bronze-color in autumn.  Found in climax forests, with birch and 🍁︎ maple.  Famous for people carving their initials in this "initial tree".  Beech nuts are high in protein and fat, and are important food for 🐦︎ birds, deer, bear, fox, squirrel, chipmunk, mice and feral hogs.  Beech leaves and twigs provide food for white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus late in the season, when there is very little else available.

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