#086 American Beech
(Fagus grandiflora)

This tree is along the greenway in the River Run neighborhood.

Statistics (2021)

  • Circumference (In.): 102″
  • Height (Ft.): 
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.):
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More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2021
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Greenway
  • Ecological Value:  American beech, is native to eastern North America and found throughout the state of North Carolina. It is a sturdy, imposing, large deciduous tree typically growing to 60 to 80 feet tall or more with a dense, upright-oval to a rounded-spreading crown and smooth bark that remains smooth as the tree ages. It is a low-branched tree with its mature trunk ranging from 2 to 3 feet in diameter. It can be a beautiful tree in a large area but is not recommended for smaller landscapes. American beech prefers moist, well-drained, acid soil, is intolerant of wet or compacted soil, prefers sun but will tolerate shade. It grows best in moist mountain coves and is often found scattered with oaks and hickories in rich, well-drained bottomland.