The fern like, dissected leaf of Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia
The fern like, dissected leaf of Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia
Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia on a row at the Barcham Trees nursery
The fern like leaf of Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia
A mature specimen of Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia in a parkland environment
A Medium sized, scaled specimen of Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia
Medium Cut-leaf Beech, Asplenifolia Beech, Fern-leaf Beech from this batch

Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia

Cut-leaf Beech, Asplenifolia Beech, Fern-leaf Beech

Estimated fully grown height 12-17m

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Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia, also known as the Fern-leaf or Cut-leaf Beech, is a majestic cultivar of the Common Beech, Fagus sylvatica that has deeply serrated leaves.  It was introduced to the UK in the early 1800’s and has been a favourite as a specimen tree ever since.  It won the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

The most notable characteristic of this lovely tree is the dark green, long, deeply serrated leaves, which make a fine and interesting feature on such a large and impressive tree.  The leaves are retained until fairly late in autumn, when they turn golden brown before falling.

Like all Beech, this tree prefers to be planted on a fertile, well drained soil and will not perform well on clay or light sand.  It retains a very regular pyramidal shape when young, broadening with age to become more like its parent.  The key when planting such a magnificent specimen is to give it enough room to develop into the wonderful specimen tree that it wishes to be; any complimentary planting should not be closer than 10m away.

Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia is a simply splendid tree, it is best planted in parklands, estates or arboretums where there is the space for it to reach its full capacity.  The dark green colour of the foliage is perfect to couple with a complementary red or golden foliage tree for dramatic contrast.

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Mature Height: 12-17m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Acidic, Chalk/Alkaline, Well drained,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.