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Looking at some property today I saw a lot of these trees/shrubs growing.
any idea what they are?
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Yep, beech. I knew it when I saw the trunks because it is a very smooth barked tree. You'll find a lot of trunk carvings in older trees, even in parks and nature preserves. It's a good wildlife tree because it produces little 3 sided nuts which are sweet and meaty but not much bigger than sunflower kernals. The nuts are enclosed in a little bristle covered casing which often hangs on the tree a long time after splitting into a 4 part shell which looks a little like a flower covering. (technically it was the flower covering). The trees are typically long lived and can grow to be very large. Unfortunately they can become hollow and the top may fall out as they reach extreme old age.
 
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