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Southern beech

Nothofagus spp.

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

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Southern beech Overview

Native to parts of the Southern Hemisphere including some countries in South America and Australasia, Nothofagus is a genus of 43 species of deciduous or evergreen trees found in temperate forests. They resemble beech trees and were thought to be part of that family (their common name is Southern beech) but are now known to be genetically distinct. In cultivation, species such as N. antarctica are grown for their dark green, glossy leaves and attractive yellow Autumn foliage. They prefer acid soil.

Common problems with Southern beech

How to propagate Southern beech

Cuttings

You can propagate from cuttings in the summer or seed in autumn.

Seed

Other uses of Southern beech

Grown for their habit, foliage and for the deciduous species, autumn colour.