It grows to 66â€“115 ft tall, with smooth, silver-gray bark. The American Beech is a shade-tolerant species, favoring shade more than other trees, commonly found in forests in the final stage of succession.
The wood is heavy, hard, tough and strong. Often left by early loggers and many old growth examples exist today in younger forests.
The thin silver gray bark is an attraction for vandals who carve names, dates, and other material into it.
Great for firewood and splits real nice with fairly high BTUs.
This tree is a real pleasure to climb in most cases with plenty of large ones to pick from in Ohio. Make sure you use something to protect the thin bark from your rope.