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Fagus sylvatica


Common Beech

Brilliant hedging plant or large specimen tree

Ideal for year round hedging or as a specimen tree, the beech is a large quickly spreading tree with a striking green leaves turning a coppery colour in the autumn. Maintains its leaves through winter until new ones appear in the spring.


As a native plant it will thrive in most areas and is tolerant of shade.


Prospers in most well drained soils, for hedging purposes it should be trimmed in late August but otherwise requires very little maintenance.

Native to Southern Britain it can live for up to 400 years. Beechnuts provide excellent nourishment for wildlife.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 850 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Wildlife garden

Check store availability

12 litre pot £49.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From April to September