Fagus sylvatica

Common beech

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Plant type

Native tree


Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (61036)

Plant details

Often called lady of the woods, this is possibly our most beautiful native tree with smooth grey bark and copper and russet autumn foliage. It makes a superb hedge, retaining its foilage through winter but as a tree it is too large for all but the biggest gardens.

Family: Fagaceae

Genus: Fagus

Species: sylvatica

Plant type: Native tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 1500cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March

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