Fagus japonica

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Fagus japonica Maxim.

Fagaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   5

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

    

Shape: funnel-shaped
Fruit: nut

 

Inflorescence: dichasial cyme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Canopy: rounded to broadly spreading

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Hamamelididae
Superordo:
Faganae
Ordo:
Fagales

Fagus japonica, commonly known as Japanese beech, is a tree.

Naming

Fagus japonica was described by Carl Johann Maximowicz in 1887. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Fagus japonica - leaves

Growth

The trees have a rounded to broadly spreading canopy and reach heights of 8 to 10 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Fagus japonica is native to Japan.

Cultivation

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 -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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