|Grid reference||ST 17734 76758|
|Common name||Common beech|
|Height||34M January 2016|
|Girth||433cm January 2016|
This beech is on the east edge of Old Mans Wood west, just north of Blackfriars. The tag number on the rectangular black plastic plate was difficult to read.
General tree description
Fagus sylvatica, the Common or European beech, is a large tree, up to 40 metres tall, with smooth, silver-grey bark. Typically it has a long straight trunk supporting a huge dome and dense foliage. The leaves are up to 10cm long, oval or obovate, with a wavy margin and small irregular teeth. They emerge fresh green, becoming darker and shiny above, pale and shiny underneath, and in autumn turning a golden copper colour. Yellow-green flowers come with the leaves in early May. The male flowers are catkins, while the female flowers come in pairs of short spikes enclosed in a cup. They produce the beechnuts, small triangular nuts in spiky husks.