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North America


Tree Data
The tree is described as large, with a diameter of 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm), and a height 60 to 80 feet (18 to 24 m).

Sapwood Color
The sapwood is very thin, and is described as nearly white in color.

Heartwood Color
The heartwood is described as whitish with a reddish tinge, or light brown to reddish brown.

The wood has straight, mostly closed grain, but the grain is sometimes interlocked. Darker flakes or flecks of highly visible rays are reported to give quartersawn surfaces an attractive appearance.

The texture is described as fine and even, and is coarser than European beech. Growth rings are typically thin and tiny.

Wood surfaces are reported to exhibit a somewhat silvery sheen.

There is no discernible odor or taste in the seasoned wood.

Natural Durability
American beech is reported to have very little natural resistance to attack by decay causing organisms and other wood destroying insects. Resistance to Impregnation The timber is reported to absorb preservatives well enough improve its resistance against decay. Significant quantities of Beech are reported to be treated with chemical preservatives and used for railway ties.

American beech is reported to get a high rating in strength properties and shock resistance. It is widely used for food containers, baskets and butcher blocks since it does not impart any taste or odor to food.

Category Green Dry Unit
Bending Strength 9200 15500 psi
Crushing Strength (Perp.) 765 1340 psi
Max. Crushing Strength 3685 7585 psi
Static Bending (FSPL) 4200 8600 psi
Impact Strength 48 42 inches
Stiffness 1413 1855 1000 psi
Work to Maximum Load 13 17 in-lbs/in3
Hardness 1300 lbs
Shearing Strength 2010 psi
Specific Gravity 0.55 0.66
Weight 58 46 lbs/cu.ft.
Radial Shrinkage (G->OD) 5 %
Tangential Shrink. (G->OD 11 %
Volumetric Shrink. (G->OD 17 %


Crown-Wood is a division of Crown-Holdings bvba, a registered company in Belgium active in the import/export & trading of all kinds of Tropical & Exotic Hardwoods (from South-East Asia, West Africa and South-America). 

Crown-Holdings bvba

Crown-Holdings bvba has the following divisions:

Contact details

a division of Crown-Holdings bvba

Baillet Latourlei 98
2930 Brasschaat

E-mail: info@crown-wood.be
Telephone: +32 3 480 10 14
Fax: +32 3 605 48 53