A slow-growing, medium deciduous tree up to 15m in height. The bark is a smooth silvery-grey and its leaves, as its name suggests, are large, up to 15cm long, green through the summer turning light yellow in autumn. The inconspicuous flowers become bristly-cased nuts in autumn.
Ultimate height8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spreadWider than 8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing
- 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
- Name status
- Plant range
- E N America
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
- Banks and slopes
May be susceptible to coral spot and heart and root rot in mature trees
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