Beech - Fagus sylvatica
Large spreading tree to 30 metres. Leaves shallowly toothed with parallel veins. Flowers appearing with the young leaves. Male in drooping tassels, female separate and erect. Fruit known as 'Beech mast' is a triangular nut in a bristly woody splitting husk.
Woods, and sometimes on sandy soils. Not native to Leicestershire.
April and May.
Deciduous, but brown dead leaves often remain on the branches for a long time. Much planted - isolated trees found in various locations as well as in woodland.
Fairly frequent in most of Britain.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 326 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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