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European Beech Hedge

Fagus sylvatica

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The naturally large European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is well-known as a towering deciduous tree, but it also can be shaped into a stunning hedge. The tree’s leaves change color with the passing seasons, which make it an attractive hedge in many outdoor spaces. It is a classic, beloved hedge choice and has the added benefit of holding its copper-colored fall leaves on the branches all the way through winter for year-round screening.
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Shorter, 3-4' European beech (Fagus sylvatica) InstantHedge unit ready to ship.

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Three European beech (Fagus sylvatica) InstantHedge units sit on a pallet ready to be shipped.

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A 5-6' European beech (Fagus sylvatica) InstantHedge unit put in biodegradable cardboard ready to be planted.

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Winter row of European beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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This truck has been loaded with shorter yew (Taxus) hedges and taller European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedges.

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European beech (Fagus sylvatica) foliage in summer.

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European beech (Fagus sylvatica) foliage in autumn.

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European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedgerow in mid-summer.

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Many hedge units of yew (Taxus) and European beech (Fagus sylvatica) are stages on pallets and ready to ship!

Quick Guide

Fagus Sylvatica growing region: European Beech grows in USDA Zone 5-8
  • Beech is a naturally low-branching tree, so it works especially well for hedging.
  • Fagus sylvatica has lovely bark that is smooth and silver-gray.
  • European beech's foliage turns bronze in fall and clings to the branches through winter, providing year-round screening and privacy.

fagus sylvatica hedge details

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing a European Beech hedge:

  • Makes a uniquely attractive hedge with heavy pruning
  • Tolerates a wide range of soils
  • Low-branched habit makes it suitable for hedging
  • Grows well in colder regions
  • Lush, green leaves in summer with great fall color and winter screening

Fagus sylvatica has an attractive upright-oval to rounded-spreading crown when left alone and can be pruned to any desired hedge style.

Native to the woodlands of central and southern Europe, this hedge was brought to America by colonists in the mid-1700s and has remained a popular ornamental tree ever since. 

USDA Hardiness Zones:5-8
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Sun/Shade:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Deer Resistance: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate, to 2’ per year
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
Drought Tolerance:Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones:2 - 9 and 14 - 21; A3
Pest/Disease Issues:
No major pest or disease issues. Beech scale is an occasional problem. Borers, beech bark disease, canker and powdery mildew are all possible.

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