With broad crowns and silvery grey trunks, Fagus or Beech trees can give a majestic feel to any landscape.  They prefer to grow in climates with distinct seasons. They are mostly grown for their foliage and less for their small flowers. They have attractive smooth bark and their seeds are rich in oil. These trees are native to temperate zones of Europe and their wood is harvested for making beautiful furniture.

How to grow Fagus in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun with well drained deep soil. Fagus are very large trees so be sure to plant in a very large garden, away from fences, walls and buildings.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed and Yates Natures Way Organic Compost & Soil Improver. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • If pruning is required it should only be light so as to maintain a natural shape.

  • Since their roots spread on the surface of the soil, its best to select a site where the roots do not interfere with structures.

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Beech Trees

Beech trees grow into large, handsome specimens. If you live on a large estate, it is worthwhile growing a couple of them.

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Japanese Box (Buxus microphylla var. japonica) is a dense evergreen shrub with bright-green glossy leaves. Ideal for topiary and hedges.


Abies (Fir Trees) are coniferous shrubs and trees with needle-like leaves and beautiful cones. Ideal as a feature plant in the garden or in pots.


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