Mystery plant 029

This tree can be found in large parts of North America, particularly the central and eastern portions.  When you can identify this plant, leave a comment with its common and scientific names — along with any personal story you might have about the tree.

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Leaves

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Leaf arrangement along stem

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Tree with fall colors

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Nut and casing

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Limbs and leaves in winter

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Leaf arrangement and leaf buds during winter

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Trunk and bark

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Trunk and bark of mature tree

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  American beech (Fagus grandifolia)

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5 Responses to Mystery plant 029

  1. J says:

    I think it’s American Beech Fagus grandifolia

  2. Richard Lewis says:

    American beech, Fagus grandifolia. Nice burning firewood, but very difficult to split!

  3. Tony Ward says:

    Definitely American Beech, Fagus grandifolia. Pretty common in Southern Appalachians. I love the smooth gray bark!

  4. Angelyn says:

    Well done J, Richard and Tony. This is American beech (Fagus grandifolia). I don’t think I’ve had the opportunity to attempt splitting any logs of American beech, Richard. But if it’s anything like Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum), I understand what you are describing. Even though American beech leaves are brown all winter, I still appreciate the fact that the tree keeps its leaves during that season and adds “winter interest” to the woods. Tony, I agree with you about the smooth gray bark. I love it, too!

  5. Jasmene Rhem says:

    Always reminded me of an elephants leg, the tree trunk

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