Fagus sylvatica rotundifolia
- Round-leaf beech
Location in the Gardens:
Season of interest:
- Leaves are pale green in spring, mid-to-dark green in summer and turn rich yellow and orange-brown in autumn when nuts are produced.
Description of plant:
This variety grows vigorously upright when young but matures to a round headed tree to 25'. Foliage and stems are fine textured, perhaps the daintiest of beech varieties its leaves are distinct for their near perfectly spherical shape ½ to 1¼ in. in diameter, very closely set on the branches.
Ideal growing conditions and habitat:
Country of origin:
- Round-leaf beech is a cultivar of long standing originating in Europe around 1894
Other interesting information:
It originated near St Johns, Woking, and was known by 1872, in which year Major McNair of Brookwood sent a specimen to Kew.
It was propagated by Messrs Jackman of Woking and received a First Class Certificate when shown by them in 1894. It was figured in the same year in Gardener's Magazine, p. 339.
Specimens can also be found at:
- Kew, 66 x 4¾ ft (1978)
- Wakehurst Place, Sussex, 62 x 9 ft at 3 ft (1981)
- Alexandra Park, Hastings, Sussex, 66 x 5½ ft (1983)
- Rivers' Nursery, Sawbridgeworth, Herts., 48 x 8½ ft (1978)
- Thorp Perrow, Bedale, Yorks., 55 x 4¾ ft (1981)
- Edinburgh Botanic Garden, 50 x 4¼ ft (1981)
Tallest and Stoutest:
- Fagus sylvatica rotundifolia - 24m x 92cm 1983 Castlehill Devon