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The American Beech Tree is a hardy, regal tree that grows just about anywhere in the US. They give you a quick source of dense shade that can lower your AC bills!

American Beech

Formal, Stately and Highly Ornamental

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American Beech Trees can grow almost anywhere in the country... from northern Minnesota to southern Texas. 

They are ideal shade trees. They have long branches that create a large, dense shade canopy... protecting anything underneath from the hot summer sun. 

The dark green leaves have a unique pattern that adds character to your yard... and they turn a bright bronze in the fall. 

The beautiful blue-gray bark is very smooth, and looks elegant in all seasons. The wood is very strong, and is very damage resistant.

The American Beech Tree's nuts often attract many forms of wildlife, including pigeons, squirrels and bluejays. 

Beech Trees are typically under story trees, so they can grow in areas that don't get much sun. They're also very disease and insect resistant as well.
















Growing Zones: 3-9

Mature Height: 60 ft.
Mature Width: 60 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Fair
Botanical Name: Fagus grandifolia
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 3-9
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It's Easy to Plant your American Beech

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Beech.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Beech gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Beech again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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My favorite tree. I have planted almost every kind of tree sold on this site, and Beech trees are my favorite. I would argue that it is one of the slowest growing trees available on this site, so you have to be patient. You are guaranteed to add value to your property over time with one of these
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I got mine about three years ago from Fast-Growing-Trees. I thought they send me a bush by mistake. This year I saw the pretty tree trunks growing. My son trimed all the little bush parts growing around it and now it looks like a tree. Don't give up, it's in there somewhere
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Do you have any dwarf varigated beech trees?
Charlotte K on Apr 26, 2015
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is this the understory tree which keeps its tan leaves all winter? is it called the "ironwood" ? i'm asking the dealer or anyone who knows the answer...no guesses I need to know
melissa j v on Jan 26, 2015
Best Answer: Don't think so. My leaves were big, soft velvety, dark green.
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Do you have dwarf tri color beech trees?
Charlotte K on Apr 19, 2015
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Is the root system deep or shallow for the American Beech?
Joseph Z on Apr 4, 2015
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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.

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