The bark of the tree is smooth and light grey in colour and the beech produces small flowers in May time. It can grow to be around 40 metres, although this varies for individual plants, and it is very widespread.
In beech woods there is often very little else growing because the leaves prevent sunlight from reaching it. The leaves that fall from the beech take a very long time to disintegrate so they form a blanket on the floor, again preventing anything on the ground from growing.
The tree is often referred to as the lady of the woods and it is considered to be a symbol of posterity. Folklore states that if someone carves their dearest wish in to the stick from a beech tree then it would come true. It was commonly known as the ‘tree of wishes’.
The wood has an even texture and it is very strong and durable. Beech is a pale and attractive hardwood with a lightly marked surface. These marks add character without being dark enough to detract from the design of the rest of the room.
This type of flooring works best in rooms without extravagant colours and it really helps give the illusion of space in small rooms because of the light colouring.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD