American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Beech trees can grow to 30 meters in height, and are suitable for larger yards or, in park-like settings planted in groves. Beech bark is the smooth light grey of an elephant’s skin. Branches usually only start fairly high up the trunk. Beeches can live to 200 years or older.
Beech is found throughout Southern Ontario. Its Preferred habitat for beech is moist well-drained slopes, or rich deep soil.
Beech is part of the original mixed forest of Eastern Ontario, associated with sugar maple, yellow birch, basswood and hemlock.