Beech - Fagus sylvatica

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woods, and sometimes on sandy soils. Not native to Leicestershire.

    When to see it

    April and May.

    Life History

    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.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    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

    UK Map