For us, beech (Fagus sylvatica) is our most important raw material. We process about 11,000 solid cubic metres per year, which are sustainably harvested in our area, into our beautiful shaped and solid wood. Besides the furniture industry, its hard wood is also used in the construction, parquet and paper industries.
The copper beech is considered stable, heat-tolerant and climate resilient. It prefers a humid, warm climate, relatively mild winters and high precipitation. Due to the climate-related drought of recent years, however, it is now also showing signs of disease. This was the reason for the Dr. Silvius Wodarz Foundation to put the beech in the public eye as Tree of the Year 2022.
The beech trunk can grow up to 45 m high with a diameter of 150 cm and an age of up to 350 years! With a share of 16 percent, beech is the most common hardwood tree species in Germany. Its share is constantly growing because it plays a central role in forest conversion to mixed forests. By the way, right now in autumn the beech trees show an impressive colouring of the leaves. Enjoy a bit of "Indian Summer" on a nice walk in our forests!
You can also find out more about the amazing properties of beech and its great importance for the environment in our compendium