European Beech is a large tree, capable of reaching heights of up to 50 metres (160 feet) tall and 3 m (10 ft) trunk diameter. It has a typical lifespan of 150–200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years. In cultivated forest stands trees are normally harvested at 80–120 years of age.
In one hour, a beech tree can take in 5.5 pounds of carbon dioxide. During the same hour, a beech tree can release 3.75 pounds of oxygen.
In comparison, a gasoline car releases about 35 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour.