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Beech Fagus sylvatica

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Shoot slightly zigzag,. Long pointed buds, angled from twig

Simple pinnate leaf of BEECH (left)

COPPER BEECH  Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' (right)  near the 2nd car park.

Leaves and last years cupules Photo: 16 June 2005

BEECH Male flowers hanging.  Photo: 3rd May 2006 on Hog Hill.

BEECH Female flowers are upright on the end of stalks. They are wind pollinated.  Photo: 3rd May 2006 on Hog Hill. The edges of the new leaves are hairy.

Beech fruit in autumn. The spiny fruit are known as cupules and they split into 4 lobes in October releasing  2 triangular nuts  known as mast.

Leaves in autumn
Cache of Woodmouse, shows eaten acorns, cherry stones, a beech cupule, and mainly the triangular beech mast. Bole of Beech
Beech tree on Cabin Hill in winter. Copper beech in summer near the 2nd car park.