Nothofagus- Southern Beech

Deciduous shrub with unusual branching, related to the oak, beech and chestnut.

Situation:

This shrub does not grow very fast and, because of its narrow habit, takes up little space. The fernlike branches show to good advantage against a wall. Provide full sun or partial shade.

Soil:

The soil must be acid; Nothofagus is therefore best planted in a heath garden or other humus-rich, lime-free soil.

Propagation:

From cuttings taken in summer, by layering, and from imported seed. Viable seed is rarely produced in a northerly climate. Very occasionally the plant sows itself.

Nothofagus antarctica: Height rarely above 6 m, usually a bush, sometimes a small tree. Thin twigs, in young specimens covered in fine down; oval, asymmetrical leaves, 1-3 cm long, irregularly serrated. The leaves grow close together.

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