A handsome, small to medium-sized deciduous tree to 15m with smooth grey bark. It has bright green leaves, blue-green underneath. In autumn they turn deep gold before falling. Inconspicuous flowers become shaggy and cased nuts appear in autumn.
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Ultimate heightHigher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spreadWider than 8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid
Colour & scent
- Full sun
East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
Fagus are large deciduous trees with smooth grey bark, ovate leaves colouring well in autumn, and inconspicuous flowers followed by usually spiny fruits
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- Plant range
- C China
How to grow
Suitable for large gardens. Grow in any deep fertile soil in good light. For more information see tree cultivation.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
May be susceptible to aphids and beech bark scale
May be susceptible to coral spot and heart and root rot in mature trees
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