Fagus grandiflora (American Beech)
13. Continuing back along the north side of Cook Hall you will find, standing all by itself, a beautiful specimen of: Fagus grandiflora (American Beech). This is another tree that can be recognized from the car at 55 mph because of its distinctive bark. The bark is light gray and smooth, showing the impressions of the lenticels, leaf scars, and terminal bud scale scars that were on the surface many years ago when the trunk was just a little leafy twig. Very few tree species show these twig surface features on old branches and trunks. Leaves are alternate and simple, with very prominant straight lateral veins.