What are some interesting American beech tree facts?


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Fagus grandifolia, known as the American beech tree, is native to North America. The American beech flowers in April or May, and has small edible nuts that mature in the fall. The tree lives up to 250 years and grows to almost 100 feet tall.

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As of 2016, the American beech primarily grows in Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States, but before the glacial period, the species used to live as far west as California. Male flowers have long stems, while female flowers bloom in small clusters. The brown, edible nuts take an entire growing season to mature, and are an important food source for many animals. The wood of the American beech treats easily and wears well, making it ideal for use as furniture and flooring.

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