The common beech is a long-lived tree. It is very large, over 30m (100ft) high, which thrives on lighter soils, especially chalky ones. There are many smaller decorative varieties more suitable for gardens, including 'Rotundifolia', a very upright tree with long ascending branches. 'Cockleshell' is a selected form, even more columnar and so making a strong statement when planted in a conspicuous position. The leaves are smaller than those of other beeches, and more rounded, but with the same distinctive bronze colouring in autumn.
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: October to November
Flowering period: May to June
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