American vs. European beech

Q: If we send you a sample of beech, can you tell us if the wood is American beech or European beech?

A: There are no identification features that let us separate the two beeches from each other. However, from time to time American beech (Fagus gradifolia) will have crystals in some cells which are not found in European beech (Fagus silvatica).


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Gene Wengert

Gene Wengert, “The Wood Doctor” has been training people in efficient use of wood for 45 years. He is extension specialist emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.