Posted: Sat May 18, 2013 6:53 am
by Jeroen Philippona
This beech in the end proves the species is able to reach 49 m or 160 feet! Several years ago I wrote Bob and Will that there had been measured a 49 m beech by climbing in Germany. Alas the man who had climbed it a few years before he told me had not good information about the location and no further proof. Also in Holland a beech cut in 2005 (before I had heightmeasuring equipment) was said to be 48.5 m. Then Will said he very much wanted to see and climb a 160 feet beech. Well , at least there is one now.
As the second tall sine-lasermeasured beech in Europe is the neighbouring one of 47.2 m / 155 ft the tallest one is the only beech outperforming the other tallest native broadleaf trees in Europe, two sessile oaks (Quercus petraea) of 48.4 m and 48.1 m (158.8 and 157.8 ft) in the Forest of Bercé, France and one European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) of 48.0 m (157.5 ft) in Wipfelsfurt Forest, Kelheim, Bavaria - Germany. The 48.56 m (159.3 ft) tall plane (Platanus x acerifolia) at Bryanston, England, is a hybrid and not really native in the UK.
As there are reported some 49 to 50 m sessile oaks from the Bercé forest as well as from another forest in that part of France, we should go there as well as to the Gründau beech forest next winter with a team. Best with some climbers to be totally sure what are the tallest known native broadleaves of Europe.

Still, we are 9 m / 30 ft behind the USA for native broadleaves!