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Cutleaf Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata'

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Cutleaf Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata') at Satellite Garden Centre

Cutleaf Beech foliage

Cutleaf Beech foliage

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Height:  60 feet

Spread:  45 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Common Beech, European Beech

Description:

An incredible accent tree with smooth gray bark; finely dissected glossy green leaves throughout the season turning to copper in fall; a most stately specimen;particular about growing conditions, requires rich soil and significant moisture

Ornamental Features

Cutleaf Beech has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The deeply cut ferny leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Cutleaf Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cutleaf Beech is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Cutleaf Beech will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 45 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features