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Fagus grandifolia (American Beech)

Description

The American beech is a slow-growing tree that grows in fire-absent landscapes across Eastern United States. Beech trees produce edible "beechnuts". A distinctive trait of the American beech is its needle-like bud. Because beech bark remains smooth even after maturing, people love to use it for carving their initials.
Edible Parts: The Nut.

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leaf:

fruit:
The fruit is an edible beechnut. (bur and old nuts below)
twig:
American beech twigs have distinctive needle-like buds.
branch:
bark:
Because beech bark remains smooth even after maturing, people love to use it for carving their initials.
edible parts:
Fresh beechnuts are edible. (bur and old nuts below)