Scientific name: Fagus sylvatica
Origin: Native to the UK
Key identifying traits: Young leaves are lime green with silky hairs, becoming darker and lose their hairs as they mature. A medium sized leaf, stalked, oval and pointed at the tip, with a wavy edge and distinct ribbing. Smooth greying bark.
In the wood: May be found in broadleaf woodland within the Canopy layer. A tall tree growing up to 40m tall. It’s leaves are slow to decompose and can cover the floor preventing plants growing below.
Uses: A hard wood used for furniture. It’s nuts traditionally fed to pigs. Often grown as a garden hedge.