50 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
Fagus sylvatica is a large deciduous tree that has attractive textured foliage which can be mistaken for Hornbeam. Where the Fagus stands out against the Hornbeam is in its ability to retain its leaves during the winter in its juvenile stage. The leaves still turn brown but do not detach from the stems. This makes the Fagus excel at being a hedging plant, as the trimming required to keep it as a hedge also keep the Fagus in its juvenile stage, causing your hedge to turn a lovely golden brown during the winter months while still acting as a hedge.
Beech bark disease, canker, grey squirrels.
Not generally harvested
Seeds require stratifying before the will germinate. This can be done by planting the seed in compost during mid to late autumn and leaving in a cold frame. The other method is to put it into a sealed bag with some moist vermiculite and put that into the fridge over winter. The bag method requires regular checks for fungal growth and germination.
Hardwood cuttings are the best form of vegetative propagation for Fagus sylvatica
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