“Though in Europe the beech was utilized in every part by a wood-hungry civilization as the best of available hardwoods, in America the early settlers soon found 20 hardwood trees better than beech.”
No Day at the Beach Despite its tendencies to warp when dry, American beech, if cured properly, has many uses. via Wood & Wood Products
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#1 Apr 12, 2007
I live in Quarryville, PA and I was amazed to see this article! I am a certified arborist and former logger and was stunned to see a local article having anything to do with trees. I would only add that as an ornamental species the American beech has many disease and insect issues. It is also viewed negetively from a loggers viewpoint because as you mentioned it has little saw log value. Even with the negative facts I've mentioned above as well as the ones from your article it is still a great tree.
I love native trees in the landscape and if properly managed this can be a great one. Another plus for this species (in the forest) is that the nuts produced are an important food source for several game species: ruffed grouse, deer, black bear, and turkey.
If you ever would like to talk more about trees please contact me at [email protected]
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