Beeches: fagus sylvatica

Discussion in 'Fagaceae (beeches, oaks, etc.)' started by wmitz, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. wmitz

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    Hi, we are very interested in purchasing a European Beech tree for our yard here in northern Maryland. However, I'm having a hard time finding any local or even online nurseries that sell these trees. We currently have a nice big one, and I wonder how easy it is to take a small branch and propagate a new tree. Of course since we'd like to start with a larger size, it would be much better to find a larger one from some commercial nursery.

    Thanks for any information!
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    These are grown either from seed or by grafting. They are slow-growing but grow huge in time, except when less vigorous cultivars are planted. Most of the commonly sold kinds are large-growing.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. I know there are some nurseries that occasionally have them, and I'm still hopeful of finding one that maybe can ship to me.
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Try your local native American Beech Fagus grandifolia instead? It looks just as good.
     
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    Yes, thanks. But it is also not widely available in nurseries. I'd use it if I could find one, even though it grows more slowly than the european beech. It also my not like the full sun as much as its european cousin.
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