Common Beech

the Common Beech, is native to Europe, including southern Britain. It is not native to Scotland but has been widely planted and has self sown. Together with the oak, the beech belongs to the Fagaceae. This is a majestic tree of estates and parks but little grows beneath its dense canopy. It is, of course, widely used as a hedging plant and, due to the continual clipping, the plants remain juvenile thus causing the leaves to be retained overwinter. As a tree it yields a very important timber used in furniture making, for tools and for veneers. The good mast (seed) years occur about every 5 years and are an important food for the woodland dwellers