Common Name: 
Beech

A genus of about 10 species of monoecious (male and female flowers borne on the same plant), deciduous trees with smooth bark and slender shoots.  Leaves are simple, alternate, 2-ranked, entire to dentate.   Flowers are small.  Fruit a stiff hairy capsule which splits into 4 sections to release 2, rarely 3, glossy tan-brown nuts.  Native to northern temperate regions.  Only one species, F. sylvania, is widely grown outside of its native range, i.e., Europe.
Fagus: the Greek and Latin name for these trees.

Pronunciation: 
FA-gus
Family: 
Fagaceae

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