Filed Under Trees

European Beech

Fagus sylvatica

This magnificent tree has smooth, light gray bark and dense, glossy foliage. There are so many beautiful cultivars (this is the purple-leaved variety) that it is easy to find at least one to blend into any Urbana landscape. Due to the deep shade it creates, grass will not grow underneath. If pollinated, the tree will provide small nuts. Since the European Beech can withstand heavy pruning, it makes an excellent privacy hedge.

Another example of European Beech is just south of Nevada on the west side of Lincoln in the greenspace that once was the northern section of Illini Grove. This Beech and its historic neighbors have been saved from destruction several times over the past decades with the help of concerned citizens and university staff.

Images

Illustration of European Beech Source: http://urbanaillinois.us/sites/default/files/attachments/tree-walk.pdf Creator: Illustration courtesy City of Urbana
Euopean Beech Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015
European Beech Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015
Close up of bark, European Beech Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015
Callous tissue, or response wood growing on the European Beech Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015

Location

1003 W. Nevada | Located on the east side of yard.

Metadata

Mike Brunk, “European Beech,” ExploreCU, accessed June 30, 2022, https://explorecu.org/items/show/353.