Beech

Beech

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Scientific Name:
Fagus sylvatica
Location:
Dawyck, D13 Map
Status:
Adopted, available Oct 2025

Not a true native, this species was introduced from southern Britain for ornament and shelter.

The smooth grey bark of the beech is distinctive and has been likened to an elephant’s skin.

Not a true native, this species was introduced from southern Britain for ornament and shelter. Its fruit is a woody structure containing two triangular nuts.

The quality timber of beech is valued for turning, producing chair legs, tool handles and rolling pins.

(Image by Gavin Harris)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)