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Northwest Missouri State University

American Beech

Fagus grandifolia

Eastern United States. Leaves are smooth, alternate, 2 to 6 inches long with incurved marginal teeth. The smooth blue-gray bark is commonly blotched. Height 60 to 100 feet. The foliage is dark green changing to golden bronze and persisting into winter. Nuts are edible. The American Beech once formed great groves where flocks of now-extinct passenger pigeons came to feed and roost.

GIS coordinate: N40 20.981 W94 53.287

Trail Number: C32

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