The beautiful Common Beech can grow very large when planted solitary. It develops into a concave shape, with broad branches sprouting from low on the trunk. Its leaves are purple on foliation and become a stunning orange-copper in autumn. Its leaves do not fall in autumn, often staying attached until spring, making it a popular choice for hedging. Leaves are 5-10 cm with wavy edges, which smooth out with maturity. This stunning tree produces beechnuts, although these can be slightly poisonous to humans. The Beech has shallow roots and therefore under planting is not recommended.
Ideal Conditions: Thrives well in most soils, avoid heavy clay and light sand, avoid planting in paved areas due to extra exposure of heat and light
Maximum Height: 40 metres