Rotbuche (Fagus Sylvatica)/ European Beech
Rotbuche (Fagus Sylvatica) also known as European Beech is a hedging plant native to the United Kingdom. In spring, the plant displaysbrilliant, fluttery foliagethat fade slightly before the summer. In autumn, the plant displays stunning shades of brown and coppery orange.
The Rotbuche (Fagus Sylvatica) grows relatively fast, at a rate of 30-60cm a year. It is therefore important to trim this plant every year in early autumn or late spring. Generally, the European beech should be pruned in spring.
Care & Advice
You need to water European beech deeply during the first growing season, during dry seasons and in late fall before the soil freezes. You can use a hose or run drip irrigation 20-30 minutes every week whenever the ground is dry. Older, already established trees will only require watering during severe drought
Mature beeches usually spread wide that they spread a large area. Since this plant is covered with many shallow, fibrous feeding roots that protrude above the ground, it basically means that the soil around the tree cannot support other plants. Apply a 5cm layer of organic mulch to retain moisture in the soil and suppress the growth of weed
Feed European beeches once every year. Sprinkle the fertilizer on the soil under the plant a few centimeters away from the trunk. Don’t allow the fertilizer to touch the trunk of the tree and its leaves.
Although European beeches don’t require pruning, they can tolerate hard pruning and can be trimmed into a variety of shapes. The best time for trimming is in fall. If you want to train European beeches as a hedge, you will want to plant the trees at the spacing distance we have recommended above and cut back by half. Allow them to grow for a whole season without pruning further. Prune lightly each year to get the desired shape or size