Carolina Beech, Gray Beech, Red Beech, Ridge Beech, Stone Beech,
White Beech, Winter Beech.
Known as "Mother of the Forest" for its nutrient-rich humus.
Beech has a long, illustrious past. The Aryan Tribes of Asia, the
earliest known people to use a written language, carved their messages
into the soft, smooth pliable bark of the beech tree trunk. The
writings, cut out of the bark and used intact, were called "boc,"
which eventually became "book."
Did You Know?
Beech was used to make snuff boxes as well as mortars and pestles.
Throughout the Eastern U.S., commercial concentration is in the
Central and Middle Atlantic states. Average tree height is 120 feet.
Furniture, doors, flooring, millwork, paneling, brush handles,
woodenware, bending stock, toys and turnings. It is particularly
suitable for food and liquid containers since there is no odor or
0.4 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.
The sapwood is white with a red tinge, while the heartwood is
light to dark reddish brown. The wood is generally straight-grained
with a close uniform texture.
Ash • Beech • Brazilian Cherry • Brazilian Walnut • Aromatic Cedar • Cherry • Coffeenut • Cypress • Hickory • Hard Maple • Poplar • Red Elm • Red Oak • Sassafras • Soft Maple • Walnut • White Oak • White Pine • Yellow Pine • Heart Pine