Fagus japonica Maxim.
Fagus japonica, commonly known as Japanese beech, is a tree.
Fagus japonica was described by Carl Johann Maximowicz in 1887. The name is considered as validly published.
Fagus japonica is a species in the genus Fagus which contains approximately 14 to 19 species and belongs to the family of the Fagaceae (Beech Family). The type species of the genus is Fagus sylvatica.
The trees have a rounded to broadly spreading canopy and reach heights of 8 to 10 metres.
Wood and Bark
Fagus japonica is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are ovate with entire margins. They turn an attractive yellow in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Fagus japonica produces funnel-shaped flowers that are arranged in dichasial cymes.
The trees produce nuts.
Fagus japonica is native to Japan.
The trees prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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