West Highland Flora

Beech


Fagus sylvatica

 

Fagus sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
5 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Not native to Scotland but often planted (some fine old plantations exist) and seedlings sometimes establish themselves in the wild.

Tree up to c 40 m tall.  Leaves c 4-9 cm on stalks c 1-1.5 cm.  Buds c 1.5-2 cm.

ID: Long narrow buds with rich brown scales make this tree easy to recognise at any time of year.

Other features: Catkins open in May, the male ones roundish, hanging down on long stalks, and the female upright on shorter stalks.  Nuts ripen in Sept-Oct.  In most years there are few nuts, but in some years there is a glut of them.  Dead leaves remain on the lower branches of young trees all winter.

 

 

Fagus sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye
 

Fagus sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Oct 2001 Portree, Skye
 

Fagus sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Nov 2004 Portree, Skye
 

Fagus sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Mar 2003 Portree, Skye


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