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Beech

A shade-tolerant tree of mature woods, the beech grows on a wide variety of sites throughout Ohio. If prefers deep fertile, well-drained soils wherever moisture is available in the upper layers. In a number of areas in Ohio, the American Beech grows in a climax association with sugar maple and eastern hemlock. It is a slow-growing tree which may live to be 400 years old. The distinctively tight skin, is frequently vandalized by initial carvers.