(Cut leaf or Fern leaf Beech)
Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia is a medium sized tree, pyramidal when young and developing a broad spreading crown with maturity, often becoming as wide as it is tall. It is a stunning specimen and the perfect choice for a parkland or feature tree.
As indicated by its common name, the long, narrow foliage is deeply cut, soft and fern like. Throughout the summer, it is a dark glossy green turning a sumptuous golden yellow in autumn.
Though the flowers are insignificant, this beech also produces the typical nut that you would see with a common beech. It also retains the silky smooth grey bark and exquisite form, attractive of this species.
This tree will grow in most well drained soil conditions except very heavy clay. Under planting is not recommended as it develops a shallow root system.
Name: Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia
Common Name: Cut leaf or Fern leaf Beech
Demands: Any well drained soil, not heavy clay. Doesn’t do well in exposed locations
Foliage: Narrow and deeply cut, resembling ferns. Dark green and glossy in summer, golden in autumn
Bark: Smooth and grey
Fruit: Nuts ripen in autumn, typical of Fagus species
FACT: This tree is also sometimes referred to as Fagus sylvatica Heterophylla.
Glorious autumn colour of Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia
Cut leaf Beech as an 18-20cm girth standard
Feathered plant, 2.5-3.0m height
Beech nuts ripen in autumn
Yellow and orange autumn colouring
Fagus Asplenifolia specimen 3.5-4.0m height and width
The characteristic cut or fern like foliage