Answer to the Front Page "Picture of the Week" Question for July 10th - July 17th, 2003
This is the developing fruit of American beech, Fagus grandifolia.
This is one of the dominant tree species on the grounds of the Arboretum and can grow to a
very large size and live for hundreds of years. The small fruits produce two nutlets that
are relished by squirrels and other wildlife. You can see fine examples of American beech
in the Fern Valley Native Plant Collections,
and near the Administration Building.