Frank P Matthews
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Noble versatile tree, good for hedging. Dark green leaves copper in autumn. Height after 10 years over 6m. Read more
Description: Also known as Common or European Beech. A deciduous tree that can reach up to 30-40 metres high with a smooth grey trunk and a tall, round headed, and wide spreading habit. The toothed leaves are shiny green and are born alternately along the stem. Yellow-green male flowers hang from their stems. The female flowers, usually in pairs on short hairy stems on the same tree, develop into prickly burs enclosing sweet flavoured nuts. Dark green leaves turn rich golden-copper in autumn.
History: Although often regarded as native in southern England, recent evidence suggests that F. sylvatica did not arrive in England until about 4000 BC, or 2,000 years after the English Channel formed after the ice ages; it could have been an early introduction by Stone Age humans, who used the nuts for food. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Fagus Growing Tips: They will grow in most soils provided they are not waterlogged, and will tolerate most sites except coastal. They prefer full sun or partial shade.
Height and Spread (after 20 years): 10m x 6m
Dense broad crown with smooth silver bark. Large, serrated dark purple leaves. Height after 10 years over 6m.
Fern Leaf Beech
Attractive, narrow, lance-shaped dark green leaves make this a very graceful form. Copper-gold leaves in autumn.
Weeping purple beech with a narrow growth habit. Leaves are rich dark purple. Height after 10yr 5m x 1.5m.
Large, fastigiate tree with young lemon green leaves maturing to bright lime green.
Your tree will have been pruned prior to despatch so there should be no need to prune straight away. The only exception is a bare root maiden which will not have been pruned. Some varieties will benefit from being pruned later – please see the variety specific information.
We would advise watering your tree when planting and then regularly during the first summer in the ground. Thereafter the level of watering will depend on the soil and weather conditions. It is best to not let young trees dry out.
A free booklet with simple instructions will also be included with your order.
You can also find more information in the ‘Advice’ section of our website. Click here for ‘How to Plant a Container Tree’ and here for ‘How to Plant a Bare Root Tree’.
Trees should always be planted as soon as possible. The only exception would be bare root trees if the soil is very frozen or waterlogged, in which case heel the trees in until the ground is ready. Bare root trees must be planted before new growth appears in spring, this is usually in March.
If your tree is to be kept in a container, then we’d advise repotting into a larger container as soon as possible. Please check to see whether the tree is suitable for a pot before purchasing.
Yes, you can collect the trees from the nursery. Please select the ‘Collect’ option when placing the order. We will email you as soon as your order is ready for collection, we will then need at least two working days to prepare your order.
The delivery charge is calculated according to the number of boxes needed to send the trees. One container grown tree will need one box; bare root trees vary but we can usually get about three in a box. The total delivery cost will be shown when you place the order.
We currently do not deliver to any addresses outside of mainland Great Britain.
We will notify you by email when your order has been despatched. It will usually be delivered within three days from notification.
Our boxes are 2 metres tall and 30cm square.
We are unable to offer a scheduled delivery service as we cannot guarantee an exact delivery date. We can aim for a specific week if you let us know.
Our courier company will leave the package in the safest place if there is no one there, so there is no need to sign for the delivery.
Container grown trees are available from August and bare root trees are available from November. We always aim to deliver your order as soon as every item is ready for despatch.
If the whole order is ready when purchased, it usually takes between 5 and 10 working days to arrive.
See below for a guide on when bare root trees are usually ready for despatch.
Early November – Two year old plums, cherries, apples and then pears.Late November – One year maiden plums, cherries, apples and then pears.Late November/Early December – Ornamental prunus, sorbus, thorns, malus and then pyrus.
This is an estimate as the lifting of bare root trees is very weather dependant.
If you are unhappy with your tree when it arrives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org within five working days and we will get back to you as soon as possible.