Fagus sylvatica

Key Data
Misc Wildlife Value
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky
Type Hedging, Native, Screening
Ornamental Qualities Autumn Colour

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SIZES 1-9 10-4950-249250-9991000+
30/40 cm Out of Stock £1.51Out of Stock £0.69Out of Stock £0.59Out of Stock £0.52Out of Stock £0.49
40/60 cm Plenty of Stock£1.88Plenty of Stock£0.79Plenty of Stock£0.73Plenty of Stock£0.69Plenty of Stock£0.59
60/80 cm Plenty of Stock£2.05Plenty of Stock£1.08Plenty of Stock£0.89Plenty of Stock£0.82Plenty of Stock£0.75
80/100 cm Plenty of Stock£2.65Plenty of Stock£2.44Plenty of Stock£2.01Plenty of Stock£1.82Plenty of Stock£1.30
100/125 cm Plenty of Stock£3.18Plenty of Stock£2.75Plenty of Stock£2.05Plenty of Stock£1.82Plenty of Stock£1.72
100/125 cm POTTED Out of Stock £12.88Out of Stock £10.72Out of Stock £9.30Out of Stock £8.58Out of Stock £8.00
120/150 cm Plenty of Stock£3.94Plenty of Stock£3.38Plenty of Stock£2.87Plenty of Stock£2.58Plenty of Stock£2.15
120/150 cm 5 LITRE POT Out of Stock £16.44Out of Stock £15.44Out of Stock £13.16Out of Stock £12.30Out of Stock £11.38
150/175 cm Plenty of Stock£7.32Plenty of Stock£6.05Plenty of Stock£5.15Plenty of Stock£4.82Plenty of Stock£4.25
150/175 cm 7.5 LITRE POT Out of Stock £22.16Out of Stock £21.16Out of Stock £16.58Out of Stock £15.02Out of Stock £13.88

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Green Beech Hedge Plants

Green Beech, Fagus sylvatica, vies with yew to be Britain's the most popular garden hedge plant. Beech hedges hold onto their summer foliage right through the winter and they give gentle variety as a backdrop changing from light bright green in spring to dark green in late summer and then a golden brown as they die but stay until March. By clipping a mature beech hedge in midsummer, you will help it to hold onto its autumn leaves during winter, which gives you the seasonal interest of a deciduous hedge with the privacy of an evergreen one. Mature beech hedges can become very wide, which improves their ability to slow down the wind and muffle sound from a busy road. Beech hedging is suitable for any well drained soil and can be grown as a hedge of any height from 1m upwards. You can see our full range of Beech Hedging here.

You can buy a wide range of plants on this page, obviously the larger ones make more impact when planted but they are all suitable for planting as hedging.

Your plants are delivered bareroot during winter (Nov-April). All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

You can buy the larger sizes of bareroot beech in discounted packs of 50 plants while you can buy larger Green Beech trees here and copper beech plants here.

Spacing a Green Beech hedge:
Plant at 3 plants per metre (33cms apart). Unless you want an especially think hedge or it is to be stockproof, one row is sufficient. If you want two rows, then plant at 5 per metre with the rows 45cms apart.

History & uses of Fagus sylvatica
The highest beech hedge (100 feet tall) is in Scotland, at Meikleour. Mature beech trees produce small nuts, called mast, which are a good feed for pigs and deer but not horses. They are edible to humans, but they taste bitter. The oil of mast was used for cooking and lamps. Beech timber is used for indoor furniture and makes very good firewood, which can be used to smoke food. The largest beech tree on record was 46 metres tall. Beech is a pan-European tree that probably came to British shores about 5,500 years ago. As such it is considered to be native to Britain. It was probably brought here by stone age humans, after the Channel had formed and cut Britain off from the mainland. Native or not, Beech woodland covers about 80,000 hectares of Great Britain.

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