Genus: Beech

Fagus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Beech (Fagus)
FAY-gus
Fagaceae
These deciduous woodland trees in ten or so species are grown for their nice growth habit, their neat foliage (which exhibits good fall color), and their smooth gray bark. Grow beeches as specimen trees or in a woodland garden. F. sylvatica can be pleached or used as a hedge.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Smooth gray bark; nice autumn color.
Care:  Full sun or partial shade. Beech tolerates most soil, as long as it is well-drained. Prune when dormant.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in autumn outdoors in a seedbed or stratify over winter and sow in spring.

Problems: 

Limb canker, powdery mildew, butt rot, wood rot, bracket fungi.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Fagus

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European beech
Fagus sylvatica
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Purple fountain beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'