Fagus Sylvatica – Green Beech

Impressive tree with a large spreading crown. Suited to chalky, light and well-drained fertile soils. Makes an attractive woodland or specimen tree. Also good hedgerow plant.<>p>

The leaves of beech trees are entire or sparsely toothed, from 5-15 cm long and 4-10 cm broad. The flowers are small single-sex, wind-pollinated catkins, produced in spring shortly after the new leaves appear. The bark is smooth and light gray. The fruit is a small, sharply 3-angled nut 10-15 mm long, borne in pairs in soft-spined husks 1.5-2.5 cm long, known as cupules.<>p>

Beech grows on a wide range of soil types, acid or basic, provided they are not waterlogged. The tree canopy casts dense shade, and carpets the ground with dense leaf litter, and the ground flora beneath may be sparse.<>p>

Beech was a late entrant to Great Britain after the last glaciation, and may have been restricted to basic soils in the south of England. Today, beech is widely planted for hedging and in deciduous woodlands, and mature, regenerating stands occur throughout mainland Britain below about 650m.<>p>

The southern beeches Nothofagus previously thought closely related to beeches, are now treated as members of a separate family, Nothofagaceae. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia and South America.<>p>

The planting season for bare-rooted trees and shrubs is generally between the months of November – March

Additional info

  • Type: Field Grown
  • Size: Varies
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£1.23£0.88£0.57
£1.57£1.12£0.73
£2.07£1.48£0.96
£5.36£3.83£2.49
£8.19£5.85£4.39
£14.87£10.62£7.97
£24.78£20.65£15.49
£31.85£26.54£19.91
£42.48£35.40£26.55

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