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Nothofagus menziesii - (Hook.f.)Oerst.
                 
Common Name Silver Beech
Family Fagaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland to montane forest or a shrub in the sub-alpine zone, southwards from latitude 37° south in North and South Islands[44].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Nothofagus menziesii Silver Beech


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Nothofagus menziesii Silver Beech
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Physical Characteristics
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Nothofagus menziesii is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 12 m (39ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Fagus menziesii.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Canopy;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Dye;  Tannin;  Wood.

A black dye is obtained from the bark[153]. The bark is a source of tannin[153]. Wood - tough, strong, elastic, not durable outdoors. Used for house blocks, wine cases etc[46, 61].
Cultivation details
Prefers an open well-drained loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Succeeds on most soils but dislikes calcareous soils[11, 200]. Prefers a pH between 5 and 7, but dislikes acid peats[200]. A very ornamental tree[1], in Britain it is only hardy south and west of mid Sussex[1]. Trees are growing well at Crarae in western Scotland[191]. Trees have poor wind resistance in Britain, probably because they grow so fast[11]. Trees up to 4 metres tall can be successfully established, though the optimum size for transplanting is about 30 - 80cm. The roots are very sensitive to desiccation and extreme care should be taken when transplanting them[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cool greenhouse or cold frame. Spring-sown seed requires 2 - 3 months stratification at 1 - 5°c[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed must not be allowed to dry out according to one report[80] whilst another says that the seed can be stored dry at 2°c for long periods[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78]. Layering.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Darryl Nightingale Tue Sep 12 2006

New Zealand plant Conservation Network Contains images and info on where to buy Silver Beech plants. "Members of the Network... collaborate to protect and restore New Zealand's indigenous plant life and their natural habitats and associated species"

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