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Fagus sylvatica var. heterophylla 'Aspleniifolia' (Fern-Leaved Beech)

Fern-Leaved Beech 'Aspleniifolia', Cut Leaf European Beech, Fagus sylvatica 'Aspleniifolia', Fagus sylvatica f. laciniata 'Aspleniifolia'


Noted for its delicate, fine-textured form, Fagus sylvatica var. heterophylla 'Aspleniifolia' (Fern-Leaved Beech) is a magnificent, deciduous tree of densely pyramidal habit when young, developing a broad open crown with age. The foliage of long and narrow leaves is gracefully cut into pointed lobes, giving a soft, fern-like texture. The lustrous, dark green leaves keep their fresh color throughout the summer before turning brilliant golden yellow in the fall. The smooth, silky gray bark adds interest in the winter landscape. In mid-late spring, small, inconspicuous, yellow-green flowers are on display. They are followed by bristly fruits which ripen in the fall. This stately Fern-Leaved Beech makes a striking and beautiful specimen tree.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 60-80 ft. tall (18-24 m) and 35-50 ft. wide (7-15 m)
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in deep, rich, moist, well-drained soils. Intolerant of wet, poorly drained soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or for hedges or screens.
  • Low maintenance, this beautiful tree is not subject to serious insect or disease issues. Watch for aphids, Japanese beetles, caterpillars, Beech scale, coral spot and heart and root rot in mature trees. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed or grafting. Difficult to transplant
  • Native to central and southern Europe

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Fagus - Beeches
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 60' – 80' (18m – 24m)
Spread 35' – 50' (10.5m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Fagus - Beeches
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 60' – 80' (18m – 24m)
Spread 35' – 50' (10.5m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens

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