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Fagus sylvatica (Green Beech) – potted


Our native beech tree with its smooth, grey bark and bright green spring leaves also makes an excellent hedge. Beech can be grown as a close clipped formal hedge and if it is kept under 3 metres in height it will retain its leaves all winter long.

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Fagus sylvatica, commonly known as European beech, is a deciduous tree that is often used for hedging purposes due to its dense foliage, elegant appearance, and ability to withstand regular pruning. Beech hedges, when properly maintained, create a formal and attractive boundary, providing privacy, windbreak, and a sense of enclosure to outdoor spaces. Here are some key features and tips related to Fagus sylvatica hedging:

1. Appearance:

  • European beech hedges are known for their lush, glossy green leaves that turn a beautiful coppery brown in autumn and often persist through winter.
  • The trees have a distinctive smooth, grey bark and a dense branching habit that contributes to the hedge’s solid structure.

2. Growing Conditions:

  • Fagus sylvatica thrives in well-drained, fertile soils. It is adaptable to different soil types but prefers a slightly acidic to neutral pH.
  • These hedges perform well in partial shade to full sun, although they may appreciate some protection from intense afternoon sun in warmer climates.

3. Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Regular pruning is essential to maintain a dense and formal appearance. Beech hedges are typically pruned in late summer to early autumn after the new growth has hardened.
  • The plants tolerate heavy pruning, allowing for various shapes and sizes, from formal hedges to more naturalistic forms.
  • When establishing a new beech hedge, it’s crucial to prune the young plants to encourage bushier growth and a compact structure.

4. Winter Characteristics:

  • Fagus sylvatica is unique among deciduous trees because it often retains its leaves through the winter, providing a degree of screening even in the dormant season.
  • The persistent leaves turn a coppery or russet colour, creating an attractive and distinctive feature in the winter landscape.

5. Benefits of Fagus sylvatica Hedging:

  • Privacy: Beech hedges create an effective barrier, offering privacy and seclusion in gardens or landscapes.
  • Aesthetics: The formal appearance of beech hedges adds a touch of elegance and structure to outdoor spaces.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage provides a habitat for various bird species and insects.
Please see our GUIDE TO PLANTING HEDGES for more info.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Full sun;Partial shade

Soil Type






Pruning Time

Late Summer

Ultimate Height

12+ metres

Ultimate Spread

8 metres