Slow growth of American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
I am trying to choose a large shade tree. I'm attracted to the American Beech, but I read that it grows quite slowly. How slowly does it grow in your experience (zone 7, full sun)? I'm also open to suggestions for alternative species. I know for instance that the European Beech grows faster, but I'm trying to stick to natives (plus, I just like the American Beech more). A pecan could work, but they don't have much fall interest. A red maple is another possibility, but I want to avoid their shallow root system (I've heard that some varieties minimize this issue).
Thanks for any advice/suggestions!