Fagus- Beech

The common beech is definitely too large for small gardens, where it can be used only as a hedging plant.

Situation:

Beech hedges have the advantage of retaining the dead leaves for a very long time. Always plant in the autumn and make sure that the roots do not dry out. Put some rotted beech leaves in the planting hole.

Soil:

If possible loamy soil with a reasonable, and in any case constant, water level. In recent years many beeches have died because the water level has dropped.

Propagation:

From seed; garden forms are grafted on stock.

Fagus sylvatica: Height to 30 m, may grow to 20 m across. The trunk is smooth and grey, the sharply pointed oval leaves initially bright green, slightly downy, clearly veined. There are several garden cultivars, some of which do not grow quite so tall.

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