American Beech - Fagus grandifolia

Native to USA

State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV 

Common, large-sized, deciduous forest tree that produces Beechnuts, which are vital source of food for many forest dwelling creatures, including birds. The American Beech ranges from 50 to 80 feet tall, with a 40 to 80-foot spread. In addition to Beechnuts, some birds will eat buds from this tree. The American Beech also plays host to a great deal of insects and caterpillars, which will in turn attract birds. American Beech is very shade tolerant and can live up to 400 years, it is however slow growing, so planting anything less than a mature tree (which isn’t very feasible) will not lead to much bird action. However, being able to identify the American Beech can still help you find birds, as mature trees can likely be found in forest or parks near your home.

Birds Most Commonly Associated with American Beech

Black-Capped Chickadee     Blue Jay     Downy Woodpecker     Indigo Bunting    Insectivorous Birds    Pileated Woodpecker     Purple Finch    Red-Bellied Woodpecker     Scarlet Tanager     Tufted Titmouse     White-Breasted Nuthatch     Wild Turkey     Wood Thrush     Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker