ANNUAL SAWN TIMBER PRODUCTION : 620 000 m3
Beech : Fagus Sylvatica
Holding the second place in France, Beech is frequent in the northern half of France; its total planted area reaches 2.400.000 ha.
They are very tall trees (40 meters), with a big diamter and a particularly straight and rectilinear trunk. They are harvested between 80 and 100 years old
Sawn timber is cream-white to pale pink coloured, without distinct sapwood. Redwood may exist.
They are straight-grained (not often wavy) with fine texture.
These woods perfectly stand steaming process.
Condition of implementation
Beech's heartwood durability is reduced with respect to bad weather
However, as beech is easily impregnated, it can be use in class 4 (timber in contact with water) after treatment.
Figures given at 12% moisture content
( straight-grain timber and free from defects )