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.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. 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.
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 and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, 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.