Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Winter-deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
4-6 sepals - connate in staminate flowers, distinct in pistillate flowers
Petals absent
6-16 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in spherical drooping heads

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nut

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Fagus grandifolia +   FAMILY Fagaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Fagus grandifolia   FAMILY Fagaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 055-01-001:
Fagus grandifolia   FAMILY Fagaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
American Beech


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_fagr_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_fagr_004_lhd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_fagr_006_lvd

        

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Keith Bradley    kab_f_grandifolia_3608

January    Hampton County    SC

Lake Warren State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0402d_19

February    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Bark is smooth and grayish, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0303l_19

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

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JK Marlow    jkm0503b_34

March    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0204d_19

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaves often remain throughout the winter, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm0304o_15

April    Greenville County    SC

Buds 1" long, lance-shaped, very sharp-pointed; bud scales lustrous tan, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    s030621_a

June    Greenville County    SC

Recognized by leaves with dentate margin, the tip acuminate, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Gill Newberry    gn07_f_grandifolia_branch

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm090726_103

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Fruit is a softly prickled bur enclosing 2-3 nuts, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm090726_107

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Beechnuts are three-cornered and small but solidly full of meat, per Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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JK Marlow    jkm140730_242

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

To see more pictures of this, google "root tree Greenville SC", per USA Today.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfgrandifolia_frthome

July    Anderson County    SC

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Gill Newberry    gn08_f_grandifolia_veins_

August        

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Gill Newberry    gn08_f_trunk_with_heart

August        

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Gill Newberry    gn08_fagus_leaf

August        

Leaves have straight, evenly spaced secondary veins, per Fall Color & Woodland Harvests.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_f_grandifolia_2_bark

August    Floyd County    GA

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Paul Thompson    pstfagus_grandifolia

September?        

Note glossy leaves with acuminate tips and parallel lateral veins. — Clemson Extension

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Gill Newberry    gn10_fagus_nuts

October        

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JK Marlow    jkm0211j_13

November    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0511e_21

November    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm061104_089

November    Swain County    NC

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Paul Thompson    pstfagus_grandifolia2

Month Unknown