European beech

Fagus sylvatica

Photo/Illustration: 
Janet Jemmott
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European beech (Fagus sylvatica)
FAY-gus sil-VAT-ih-kah
Genus:  Fagus
An excellent shade tree, this European-native deciduous tree grows to 80 feet tall and 50 feet wide and features an upright, oval form and dark shiny green leaves that turn yellow to rust-colored in fall. Its spring flowers are insignificant, though the small nuts that follow are favored by birds and squirrels. This tree is slow-growing. Several cultivars are available, including those with differing forms and foliage colors.
Care:  Proovide Full sun and well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 7.
Propagation: 

 

Problems: 

 No serious problems.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Fall Foliage
Uses
Fall Interest,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Type
Trees

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