PDA

View Full Version : Need some help with tree identification in Georgia #3



Lanier_Lurker
09-15-2006, 12:20 PM
I reasonably certain that this is a birch. I just don't know which.

Can someone tell me?

treeman
09-15-2006, 12:41 PM
That is a American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
I have many of them at my place. They grow slow to medium and there bark is unique because unlike most trees, beeches retain smooth bark in age and they are a very handsome shade tree. They bear beechnuts when they are older, which are consumed in quantities by wildlife, especially squirrels, raccoons, bears, other mammals, and game birds.

Pictures:
http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=47
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2c/Fagus_grandifolia_leaves.jpg
A forest of them in Fall:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0e/IN_Hoot_Woods.jpg
More info:
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/fagus/grandifolia.htm

Lanier_Lurker
09-15-2006, 10:57 PM
Thank you so much for the quick response and expertise!

I think I have several more of these in much larger mature form down close to the lake edge. The bark seems to be pretty distinctive. This particular tree in the photos is small - about 3 or 4 inches d.b.h.