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#3003388 - 10/28/12 11:51 AM Beech trees
Swampster
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Is there any benefit to wildlife from beech trees? I saw a small one with lots of beech nuts under it and was considering planting 20 or so. They are beautiful trees, but I didn't know what might eat the nuts. Acorns are scarce in my area and I was surprised that they had not been eaten. They look like a decent sized seed that would be in demand by a large variety of animals.
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#3003573 - 10/28/12 01:39 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: Swampster]
bigtex
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IMO deer will eat beechnuts but they are not not a prefered food source. Turkeys on the other hand eat the heck out of them.
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#3003643 - 10/28/12 02:28 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: bigtex]
Diehard Hunter
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Deer like them enough for me to focus on beech trees during muzzleloader season. I have killed many deer under beech trees.
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#3003857 - 10/28/12 05:01 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Normally, bneeches take over an area. I work so hard to kill them out, I can't imagine promoting them. They will dominate a hardwood understory and greatly reduce visibility.
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#3003888 - 10/28/12 05:12 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: BSK]
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I agree with BSK
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#3004265 - 10/28/12 07:58 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: Football Hunter]
timberjack86
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I agree with Diehard.Here I know of two properties that contain large beech trees.The deer really hammer them after the acorns are gone.

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#3004554 - 10/28/12 09:25 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: timberjack86]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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i am going to kill mine out and plant sawtooth oaks back
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#3004708 - 10/28/12 10:33 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
smstone22
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I have alot of very large beech on one of my places. Deer and turkey love them. But they are inconistent producers. Not worth much for timber and they hold onto leaves pretty long, it gets aggravating when you have beech saplings everywhere. Not very fast growing either. I do like having some large ones around though for mast sometimes and den trees.
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#3004753 - 10/28/12 11:42 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: BSK]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Normally, bneeches take over an area. I work so hard to kill them out, I can't imagine promoting them. They will dominate a hardwood understory and greatly reduce visibility.
man I don't know what your properties look like but anywhere in the woods I've been, I only see a few beech trees. Much more common in the understory is pawpaw, honeysuckle, privet, etc. from my personal experience. Never paid attention to the beech nuts though.
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#3005040 - 10/29/12 07:38 AM Re: Beech trees [Re: catman529]
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Beech trees are good ones to double girdle due to when they reach maturity (at least where I live)they begin to hollow out.Cutting them straight up can be dangerous.
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