Common Beech

Fagus sylvatica

Common Beech - Fagus sylvatica

Common Name: Common Beech
Genus: Fagus
Species: sylvatica

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes a good hedge, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 25.00 m (2500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 15.00 m (1500 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Bronze, GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Flower Colour: Insignificant separate male and female flowers
A splendid tree with green leaves that turn a rich copper in autumn. As a tree it is only suited to large gardens or parks grown as specimens in the lawn. However it does make a superb hedge retaining the brown leaves through winter and only loosing them when the new foliage appears in spring. It will make a lovely formal hedge that also acts as an excellent windbreak

Garden Care: Requires minimal pruning if grown as a tree, removing any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. Trim as a hedge in August but any renovative pruning needs to be done in early spring. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.

Goes well with: Salix exigua, Eryngium giganteum, Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver', Hemerocallis 'Marion Vaughn', Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate', Hosta 'Halycon', Verbena bonariensis, Origanum 'Kent Beauty'.


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