Find out more about the common beech tree below.
Scientific name: Fagus sylvatica
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Maximum height: 40 metres
Lives for: up to 250 years, or up to 400 years if managed as a pollard
The queen of British trees (oak being the king), beech trees are often associated with femininity. They support rare plant species such as coralroot bittercress and the red helleborine orchid, as well as fungi including the bearded tooth fungus. Beech seeds, known as masts, are eaten by animals such as deer, badgers, squirrels, mice and birds.