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Green Beech Trees


Green Beech tree – Fagus sylvatica

Semi Evergreen Tree

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Properties of Green Beech Hedges.

A Green beech tree is an ideal garden tree. A green beech tree is a low maintenance, moderately fast growing tree. The growth rate of a green beech tree is typically 1-2ft per year. Although the leaves of a green beech trees turn to brown/golden in Winter, it will still retain a large percentage of the foilage.


The Leaves of a green beech tree are oval in shape, pointed at the tip and lime green in colour. The beech plant turns darker in colour as the plant matures. Green Beech trees prefer a moist nutrient rich soil but will do well in most soil types making Copper and Green beech trees a popular choice with the Irish gardener.

Features of Beech Trees

The stand out property of a Beech hedge is that it can be easily pruned. Pruning a beech hedge will encourage the hedge to become thicker and fuller, providing a more dense coverage. An attractive addition of native trees mixed in through a green beech hedge along with green or copper beech trees enhances the overall aesthetic of beech hedging in a garden. Native trees such as Copper beech or Green Beech, Silver Birch trees, Mountain Ash trees or even Lime trees can add depth and volume to an established green beech hedge.

Benefits of hedging to Biodiverstiy & Ecosystems.

Planting a hedge of any type, including green beech hedges in the garden is a great way to encourage biodiversity and preserve ecosystems. A hedge in the garden provides shelter and security for nesting birds, caterpillars, aphids and other insects. Beech hedges also act as a network for small animals to move around the garden and populate.

When to Plant your Green Beech Hedge & Tree

Bare root Green Beech hedging plants and beech trees are typically sown as bareroot plants in the Winter months from November through to March. Plants of 2-3ft are the most popular size for planting as the root systems are well developed and the plants are an ideal size for planting.

The first one or two years are the slowest with Beech hedging, but if kept clean and free from weeds, significant growth will be made in the later years. Annual maintenance, pruning and trimming of a beech hedge will encourage growth and thicken the hedge. Pruning and trimming is usually done in the Spring, before birds begin to build their nests again for the Summer months.

Beech hedge plants are sold in pots, traditionally during Summer months. Plants that have been grown in pots but can be planted from pots all year round as the root system is well established.

Tips & Tricks for your Green Beech Hedge & Trees

  • Beech hedge plants are usually planted as bare root plants, at a frequency of 3 plants per metre roughly 1 foot apart and planted in a single row.
  • Beech hedge plants can be planted in staggered double row with 5 plants per metre. Planting 5 plants per metre will give a thicker hedge over time.
  • Keep the beech hedge clear of long grass and weeds in the first few moths to promote growth and a thicker, fuller hedge.
  • Green Beech hedging plants should be watered if planted in late Spring and there is a period of drought in the proceeding months.
  • When planting It is best to dig a trench 8-9 inches deep, breaking up and aerating the soil.
  • Place the plants in the trench, covering the root system up to the collar of the plant. Shovel back in the soil and walk the plant in to anchor it in the ground.
  • If windy weather follows the planting, walk in the plants every few days to anchor plants in the ground and ensure roots embed into the soil securely.

Type: Average to Fast Growing in nutrient rich moist soil
Status: Hardy in cold weather
Position: Sun or light shade

Additional information

Tree Sizes

2-3ft Whips, 5-6ft Light, 8-10ft Std

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