I know it sounds like I'm showing off, but I like the latin names!
I also like that I know the latin names so I guess I am showing off.
A bit. (See this post.)
You have to admit It just sounds better than beech. Grander, more elegant, more special. (Fagus Latin for beech, sylvatica of wood or forest.)
I've been watching these few trees for the last weeks as they unfurl their delicious looking lime green leaves - they create a bright patch in the forest even on the dullest day.
Are there any fagus sylvatica near you? Or betula, salix, quercus, or trochodiospermum arachiasumoides subra? (Birch, willow, oak, and I just made that up :-)
There is a point at which if you pick a branch of beech in bud, the double leaves will open along it like green butterflies...I only managed this effect once, but it was magical.