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