The beech is a common woodland and forest tree in southern Sweden but is less common to the north, and north of the Dal River only isolated plantations exist along the coast.
Cultivated beech occurs around many palaces and mansions in the Mälaren region and the Royal National City Park is no exception with its planted beech groves, the largest of which lies southwest of Confidencen on the Ulriksdalsåsen ridge. Flocks of beautiful hawfinch are attracted here in March and in May the song of the wood warbler can be heard. The dense foliage prevents light from reaching the ground, which thus tends to be free from vegetation. The beech can be recognized from afar by its smooth grey bark.