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Common beech

A fast-growing, attractive tree - even in poor soil.
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£6.95

Common beech

Fagus sylvatica

Common beech is a fast-growing species with attractive green wavy-edged leaves that turn a coppery-bronze in autumn. The crisp leaves stay on the plant throughout winter until they are pushed off by the new leaf growth the following spring. An interesting alternative to an evergreen hedge or as a specimen tree if you have plenty of space.

Estimate full grown height: 40 metres, unless controlled by pruning. Common beech trees grow an estimated 30-60cm each year.

Value to wildlife: Beech leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of a number of moths, including the barred hook-tip, clay triple-lines and olive crescent. The seeds are eaten by mice, voles, squirrels and birds.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows well in sun or partial shade on almost any well-drained soil. Not suitable for waterlogged sites.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this tree on our beech species profile.

 

Common beech

Fagus sylvatica

Common beech is a fast-growing species with attractive green wavy-edged leaves that turn a coppery-bronze in autumn. The crisp leaves stay on the plant throughout winter until they are pushed off by the new leaf growth the following spring. An interesting alternative to an evergreen hedge or as a specimen tree if you have plenty of space.

Estimate full grown height: 40 metres, unless controlled by pruning. Common beech trees grow an estimated 30-60cm each year.

Value to wildlife: Beech leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of a number of moths, including the barred hook-tip, clay triple-lines and olive crescent. The seeds are eaten by mice, voles, squirrels and birds.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows well in sun or partial shade on almost any well-drained soil. Not suitable for waterlogged sites.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this tree on our beech species profile.

 

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

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