Beech

Fagus sylvatica

Common Name:
Beech
Scientific Name:
Fagus sylvatica
Rank:
Dicots
Division:
Flowering Plants
Family (Vernacular):
oaks and allies
Family (Scientific):
Fagaceae
Longevity:
Status1:
Native
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Species Description

The iconic Beech, is often referred to as the queen of British trees and can live for many hundreds of years. Although deciduous, Beech often holds on to their golden leaves throughout the winter, until the new fresh green leaves appear, heralding the spring. If clipped, it retains its leaves and creates a year-round dense garden screen, as well as helping to reduce wind and noise pollution. If left unclipped, it can reach heights of up to 40m. Beech is also relatively fast growing, increasing about 30-50cm a year. Beech trees grow well in sun or partial shade, enjoying well-drained soils.

Habitat Advice

A Beech hedge is low maintenance, trimming once or twice a year. A shaping clip in June is optional and a late August clip will ensure you retain some of the lovely golden foliage through the winter. An overgrown Beech can be clipped into shape in February, during the dormant period, but take care that it is not a particularly cold snap.