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Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Gold'

Common beech

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Colourful new growth, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

The common beech is a long-lived tree, and very large, more than 30m (100ft) high, which thrives on lighter soils, especially chalky ones. There are many decorative varieties more suitable for gardens, including 'Dawyck Gold', a seedling from 'Dawyck' (originally 'Fastigiata'), which appeared in a Scottish garden over a century ago. Like its parent, this golden form is a tall slender form with layered branches that curve slightly upwards and produce a dense mass of foliage, soft yellow at first and then turning pale green as the season advances. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Fagaceae

Genus: Fagus

Species: sylvatica

Cultivar: Dawyck Gold

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1800cm

Spread: 600cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November


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