Fagus sylvatica L.

Fully hardy spreading tree with elliptic, wavy-margined leaves, to 10cm long, pale green at first, turning dark green then yellow to orange-brown in autumn.  To 25m.  There are many forms with differing leaf shape, leaf colour, and tree shape.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

An ancient garden plant, widely used for landscaping and hedging.  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.37/1824.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.444/1843].


Published Mar 04, 2009 - 03:35 PM | Last updated Feb 28, 2010 - 12:06 PM

Illustrated are the elliptic, wavy-margined leaves and mature fruit.  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.37, 1824.

Fagus sylvatica L. | Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.37/1824 | BHL

More details about Fagus sylvatica L.
Family Fagaceae
Region of origin

Europe to the Caucasus

  • Fagus sylvestris Gaertn.
Common Name

Common beech

Name in the Camden Park Record

Fagus sylvatica - Beech 

Confidence level high