Fagus sylvatica Japan, Lake Chuzenji
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian)
Mount Fuji, Japan
Shizuoka ken, Japan
On a related note, the rare European beech cultivar Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’ is our featured Tree of the Month for November 2015 at the Arnold Arboretum. The ‘Tortuosa’ is known for its distinctive twisted (“tortured”) trunk and branches. Prickly fruits ripen in late September and are quickly consumed by wildlife. Beeches can display some of the showiest fall foliage, ranging from bright yellow to copper and red, and their smooth, silvery bark is a treat even after leaf fall.
It is thought that the first beech seeds may have been carried here by passenger pigeons after the last glacier retreated. Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’ is one of six national collections grown at the Arboretum for conservation purposes.
John George Jack, the photographer of this image, was an educator who also explored and photographed the forest preserves and activities of the lumbering industry in Japan, as well as the forests of Taiwan and Korea.
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