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Fagus sylvatica (European Beech)

European Beech

The average plant height is 100 cm
The average plant height is 150 cm
The average plant height is 170 cm

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Suited to regions:All regions
Plant type:Trees
Height:30.00 m
Spread:15.00 m
Flowering time:Summer
Tolerances:Extended dry periods, Hardy
Garden uses:Avenues, Hedging, Parks, Specimen
Garden styles:Alpine, Formal, Japanese
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Fagus sylvatica (European Beech) Details

This European Beech is a large, deciduous tree that grows with a broad, spreading crown. The leaves emerge yellow-green in spring, age to become glossy and dark green, then turn a russet-brown colour in autumn as they die off. Most interestingly, the leaves are not shed until spring which gives the tree an unusual appearance. The flowers are small and green and followed by bristly fruits in autumn. Left untrimmed it will grow to about 30 m tall and 15 m wide. This European Beech grows best in full sun or partial shade on a well-drained site. It is tolerant of frost, cold environments, and dry periods, though shelter when young will produce a better formed tree. This is a fantastic shade tree and mature specimens make a dramatic statement in the landscape when given plenty of room. The European Beech is also commonly used for avenue planting, trimmed into a hedge, used for screening, or added to a mixed planting in a large garden.

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