Growing guide

How to grow beech

Allowed to grow to its full potential, beech forms a large majestic tree for spacious gardens. It also makes a fine hedge with bright green leaves that turn burnt orange in autumn. Although deciduous, it usually holds onto the dead leaves when grown as a hedge, so still offers privacy and shelter during winter.

Quick facts

  • Excellent as hedging
  • Select copper beech for a bold statement
  • Beeches are long-lived trees or hedges
  • Good on any free-draining soil, including chalk
  • Not suitable for regions prone to drought
  • Grows in sun or part shade
  • Trim hedges annually in August and renovate in February
  • Hedges retain old leaves in winter while tree forms drop them

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
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