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Nothofagus obliqua

roble beech

N. obliqua is a large, deciduous, fast-growing tree to 20m or more, with alternate leaves in two opposite rows, ovate, shortly toothed, 4-7cm long, dark green above, pale glaucous below, colouring yellow and crimson in autumn

Other common names
roble
Synonyms
Nothofagus obliqua var. macrocarpa
Nothofagus macrocarpa
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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Brown Green
Summer Green
Autumn Red Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Nothofagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Nothofagus is a genus of southern hemisphere, deciduous or evergreen, trees with similarities to the northern Fagus (beech), but differing in their very short-stalked, usually much smaller leaves, and the male and female flowers being solitary or in threes rather than grouped

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chile, Argentina

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained lime-free soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids and beech bark scale may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by root rot

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