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American beech (Fagus grandifolia)

The buds of American beech are so long, narrow and pointed that they almost resemble thorns. See also how nicely imbricate (shingled) the bud scales are.

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American beech (Fagus grandifolia) twig

Close-up,see the small semicircular leaf scars, and and narrow stipule scars extending off of them.

Fagus grandifolia stipule scar

American beech has small stipule scars.