Take a trip back to the Gondwanan era with the stunning Nothofagus (Nothofagus spp.). There are a variety of native species available ranging from evergreen to deciduous. Due to their preference for the cooler temperatures, they are mostly found in regions of Australia that have the cool summers. Great for large gardens as a feature tree or grown in groups to create a mystical wonderland, perfect for exploration and discovery!

How to grow nothofagus in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny to partly shaded spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. In areas with heavy or clay soil, to help improve soil structure and drainage, add gypsum and mix 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 and cut away any circled or tangled 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, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.  
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser until establishment  to promote strong root development and healthy foliage.


Growing tips

  • Avoid planting evergreen varities such as N. cunninghamii and N. moorei in regions where severe frosts and/or salty coastal winds are present. Popular large varieties include:

  • N cunninghamii: Evergreen variety commonly known as the Myrtle Beech. Can reach up to 50 metres in height when planted in sheltered areas. 

  • N moorei: Evergreen variety commonly found in the north east of New South Wales. Can reach up to 50 height in the right conditions. N. gunnii 

  • Commonly known as the Deciduous Beech, this variety is commonly found in the Tasmanian remote highlands. In autumn the leaves change colour from green to red and then yellow creating a lovely display. 

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