|Fagus japonica is a spreading tree with leaves that are elliptic-ovate, tapering, with toothed margins, blue-green with silky-hair texture in spring, and gray-blue color on the undersides, turning yellow in the fall. The bark is smooth and silvery. This species is native of Japan and are valued for their form and foliage. This makes a good specimen tree or a nice addition to a woodland garden. It can grow in a wide variety of soils, but salty soil stunts growth.