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Fagus sylvatica ‘Red Obelisk’

Cut leaved purple fastigiate beech

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height20m to 10m
  • Spread3m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Leaf ColourRed, purple, bronze and gold

Description

Fagus sylvatica ‘Red Obelisk’ (Cut leaved purple fastigiate beech). A narrowly fastigate beech with serrated leaves. Foliage is red in spring, purple in the summer and then bronze and gold in autumn. This plant is also known as Fagus sylvatica ‘Rohan Obelisk’

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

China & Japan, Europe, Britain and North America

Interest and use

Avenue plantings and as a solo specimen tree. Foliage interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Cultivation

They will require sun or semi-shade; the purple-leaved forms will prefer full sun, the yellow-leaved forms prefer a little shade. They will grow well in any but waterlogged soil.

Propagation

Propagate species by seed in autumn, selected forms by budding in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Problems may be caused by bracket fungi, canker-causing fungi, aphids and beech coccus.

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