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FAGUS sylvatica var. heterophylla 'Laciniata'
Cherished for its smooth gray bark, elegant deciduous foliage, stately habit, and adaptability, European beech has long been a garden favorite on its native continent and elsewhere. Introduced in 1795, the cultivar 'Laciniata' has elliptic leaves with deeply toothed margins. Glistening golden-green in spring, the leaves mature to deep green in summer. In autumn they turn shades of yellow, orange and bronze. Inconspicuous flowers in spring give rise to bristly capsules that ripen to tan in late summer and fall. They contain one to three edible nuts that are prized by wildlife. This cultivar grows slowly into a large rounded low-branched tree with a massive trunk. It is sometimes confused with other cultivars of F sylvatica f. heterophylla, particularly 'Asplenifolia'.
Tough and reliable, European beech performs best in moist, well-drained, acidic to alkaline soil in full sun. Established trees tolerate some drought. With its majestic habit and fine-textured foliage, 'Laciniata' makes a striking large specimen tree for park-like settings. It is beautiful in combination with coarser-leaved plants such as magnolias. It also works well for bonsai or hedging.
8 - 1
5 - 9
A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
50'-80' / 15.2m - 24.4m
Early Spring, Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Tan, Brown
Light Green, Lime Green
Gold, Copper, Bronze
Gray, Silver, Slate Gray
Feature Plant, Hedges, Shade Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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