Fagus or Beech trees are popular for their attractive dense foliage that comes in colours from bright lime green through to rich dark purple. Beech trees also have a wonderful elegant shape, so we offer them in a variety of forms including upright, weeping and rounded.
Fagus, to use its Latin name, is a genus of deciduous trees in the Fagaceae family. The genus contains a number of subgenus, with Fagus sylvatica (European Beech) cultivars being popular as ornamental trees, due to the range of size, form and foliage colours to choose from. For a grand appearance, consider the native Fagus sylvatica, purple-leaved Fagus sylvatica purpurea or even pleached forms of these varieties. For unusual golden lime coloured foliage, look no further than Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Gold'. Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula', on the other hand, is a very small Beech tree.
The leaf canopy casts an attractive but dense shade so only plants tolerant of full shade will grow at the base of beech trees. Beech trees are popular for hedging and for avenue planting, especially in urban settings where they create an attractive shaded passage. Beech trees are also favoured for attracting wildlife such as birds, squirrels and butterflies. They grow in a range of soil types, except for waterlogged soils.