Botanist's Glossary

Beech - Fagus sylvatica

  • Description
    • The European Beech (Fagaceae family) is a species unique to Europe and one of the most beautiful trees to be found in our forests. Its straight trunk with a smooth, silver-gray bark, can grow to a height of 30 meters. The beech tree prefers shade and humid atmospheres. In Europe, it grows on plains in the West, while in the South it is found on plateaus and mountains. It usually lives from 150 to 200 years.
  • Traditions
    • In ancient times, beech was considered to be a tree with many qualities. Certain sacrificial cups were made from beech wood. It is hard, with an even grain, and is used in building and woodwork, but must be carefully dried. It makes an excellent fuel wood. An edible oil has long been extracted from its small dry triangular fruits - the beech nuts.
  • Properties
    • We use a beech bud extract, rich in peptides and with anti-aging and smoothing properties. It promotes oxygen intake into cells, stimulating the skin's metabolism.