European Beech 'Rohanii'
Leaves of European beech
Bark of European beech
Scientific Name: Fagus sylvatica
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 50 to 60 feet
Spread: 35 to 45 feet
Fern-like summer foliage is a glossy, dark green. The bark is light gray and smooth.
Zone: 4 to 7
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet, moist, or dry
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay
pH Range: 3.7 to 6.5
Suggested uses for this plant include specimen plant, hedge, and shade.
Fibrous root system makes transplanting less of a problem than with American Beech. Select plants that have balled and burlapped roots. Plant in deep, rich, moist soil. Place in location where tree has plenty of room to spread.
Beech is slow growing and takes time to establish its root system. Water thoroughly once a week during dry periods until established. Place hose at base of plant and let water trickle into soil.
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Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea'
Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'
Cultivars of FAGUS SYLVATICA
`Asplenifolia' (Cut Leaf European Beech) has finely cut foliage.
`Atropunicea' has purple foliage.
`Fastigiata' (Columnar Beech) is a columnar form.
`Pendula' has weeping branches.
Wonderful for use in public areas. Makes an excellent hedge because of its ability to withstand heavy pruning. Better adapted to Virginia growing conditions than the native American Beech. A slow grower - many years to produce good shade. Suitable to use for bonsai.
This text was developed by Carol Ness as part of the Interactive Design and Development Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. Mary Miller, Project Director. Diane Relf, Content Specialist, Horticulture. Copyright 1989 by VCE.