Herbs Guide

American Beech

Family Name: Fagaceae

Botanical Name(s): Fagus grandifolia

Popular Name(s): Beech

Parts Used: Leaves, nut, bark and root

Habitat: American Beech is native to eastern North America.

Description: American Beech is a deciduous tree which can grow up to a height of 100 feet. The plant possesses silvery-gray coloured bark and dark green leaves. The leaves are simple, sparsely-toothed and are 6-12 cm in length. The flowers are yellowish in colour, bloom in April to May and are followed by fruits that have triangular nuts inside.

Uses: American Beech's bark and leaves have astringent and antiseptic properties. Its sap is used to prepare ointments for burns, sores and ulcers.