Fagus grandifolia is a shade-tolerant, late successional tree native across the southeast. This tree is easily identified by its smooth bark and its ability to hold dormant leaves until the spring. It tolerates a range of moisture conditions- from moist floodplains to rocky mountainsides. It prefers to not be in full sun. Fagus grandifolia works well for restoration projects, or as a street tree. The nuts produced in the fall are eaten by all birds and mammals of all sizes.