American Beech
American Beech bark
American Beech leaf
American Beech plaque
American Beech
Recognition Features 

Leaves simple, 2° veins parallel.  Bark smooth, steel-gray. Winter buds long-pointed

Historical Notes 

This tree tends to grow in good farming soil.  Many were cut by farmers to clear the way for crops (Peattie 1964).  Often, people find the bark quite useful for script.  Many have carved their initials or short messages on the bark.  It is thought that the word book was derived from an early name for beech.  Book comes from the Anglo-Saxon word boc , which means letter or character.  This comes from the Anglo-Saxon word beece, for beech.  The wood is used to make flooring, veneer, furniture, plywood, railroad ties, and fuel wood.  Creosote made from beech wood is used as a medicine for many ailments, and the nuts were chewed as a worm expellent by Native Americans (Peattie 1964).

This tree reduces atmospheric carbon by 636 lbs per year! It also conserves 321 kilowatt/hours of energy by cooling its surroundings.
Scientific Name 
Fagus grandifolia
Scientific Family 
Common Family 
Beech Family
Denison Tree ID 
Left of main walk leading to South Quad