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Fagaceae -- Beech family

    Carl H. Tubbs and David R. Houston

    American beech (Fagus grandifolia) is the only species of  this genus in North America. Although beech is now confined to  the eastern United States (except for the Mexican population) it  once extended as far west as California and probably flourished  over most of North America before the glacial period (39). This  slow-growing, common, deciduous tree reaches its greatest size in  the alluvial soils of the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys and  may attain ages of 300 to 400 years. Beech wood is excellent for  turning and steam bending. It wears well, is easily treated with  preservatives, and is used for flooring, furniture, veneer, and  containers. The distinctive triangular nuts are eaten by people  and are an important food for wildlife.

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Carl H. Tubbs

Source: Silvics of North America

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