With broad crowns and silvery grey trunks, Fagus or Beech trees can give a majestic feel to any landscape.  They prefer to grow in climates with distinct seasons. They are mostly grown for their foliage and less for their small flowers. They have attractive smooth bark and their seeds are rich in oil. These trees are native to temperate zones of Europe and their wood is harvested for making beautiful furniture.  

How to grow fagus in a garden

  1. Choose north facing edges of the garden or edges which receive at least a few hours of sunlight throughout the day. Prefers a well-drained soil enriched with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the tree from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes. 
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, two to three times a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed every 6-8 weeks from spring to mid autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser


Growing tips

  • If pruning is required it should only be light so as to maintain a natural shape.

  • Since their roots spread on the surface of the soil, its best to select a site where the roots do not interfere with structures.

  • Avoid water logging soils as that leads to root rot leading to death of the shrubs and trees through stem and root rot can be controlled using Yates Anti Rot and by improving drainage.

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