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#3003388 - 10/28/12 11:51 AM Beech trees
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Registered: 10/14/00
Posts: 427
Loc: Huron, TN, USA

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.
#3003573 - 10/28/12 01:39 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: Swampster]
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 1798
Loc: Brush Creek

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]
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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.
The recreational value of a game animal is inverse to the artificiality of its origin and the intensiveness of the management system that produced it. Aldo Leopold

#3003857 - 10/28/12 05:01 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65693
Loc: Nashville, TN

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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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 25514
Loc: Wilson Co/Perry Co

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I agree with BSK
The best day to plant a tree,IS TODAY!

You wont know,if you dont go!

#3004265 - 10/28/12 07:58 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: Football Hunter]
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Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8153
Loc: Grundy county

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.

Edited by timberjack86 (10/28/12 07:58 PM)
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#3004554 - 10/28/12 09:25 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: timberjack86]
16 Point

Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 12541

i am going to kill mine out and plant sawtooth oaks back
#3004708 - 10/28/12 10:33 PM Re: Beech trees [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16928
Loc: Allardt, TN

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]
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17169
Loc: Franklin TN

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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.

#3005040 - 10/29/12 07:38 AM Re: Beech trees [Re: catman529]
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Registered: 09/16/12
Posts: 848
Loc: Goodlettsville Tennessee USA

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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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