Fagus sylvatica (Beech)

Part of our hedging collection
One of the very best hedging plants. Young leaves are silky haired and pale green, becoming dark green and glossy, turning golden yellow then brown in autumn, remaining on the plant throughout the winter.Trim once a year in August. Vigorous.

Month Available: November

Evergreen / Deciduous: Deciduous

Flower Colour: Green

Suitable For Wildlife: Birds

Soil Type: Well-drained

Sun/Shade: Full sun or partial shade

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Flower/Foliage/Berries: Foliage

Plant Type: Shrub

Hardy: Fully

Height / Spread: 25m x 20m (82ft x 65ft) after 20-50 years

When preparing the site to plant a hedge, you must remove any weeds, as they will compete with your hedge. The simplest and most environmentally friendly way is with a fork and spade, however weedkiller may be necessary. Most soils will not require any any fertiliser, however if your soil is sandy incorporate well-rotted manure or supplementary fertilisers

Where to Plant: Borders

Pests and Diseases: Aphids , Beech bark scale,Beech bark disease , Bracket fungi on standing trees , Coral spot , Foot and root rot , Heart rot

Plant Care: During the first spring & summer water well (once a week) during dry periods. Applying a mulch of bark or well-rotted manure around the base of your hedge will suppress weeds and reduce evaporation

Care and Time: Low - spring

Warning: None

Planting your hedge
Water the roots of the plant thoroughly. Separate the individual plants out of the pot. Mark out planting distances using canes, there should be 60cm - 90cm (2-3ft) between plants. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Place one plant in the hole to the same depth as it was originally (look for the soil mark) Return soil to the hole , gently shake the plant to ensure the soil settles around the roots and firm down with your foot. Repeat for each plant . Water in well.

Benefits: Walls & fences do the job but living plants (hedges) offer so much more in terms of beauty, attracting wildlife. giving wind protection and improving security

EU Rights: N/A

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