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Can you trim a beech tree?

Hi, okay this may seem an odd question, but we have a 10 year old beech tree, 5ft tall that is becoming too wide. It is planted in a border, but is encroaching over the lawn, can it be trimmed back level with the edge.
My thoughts are no.
Beech hedging and beech trees are totally different plants, is that correct.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 74,737
    No they’re the same plants. 😊 

    Can we see a photo of the tree to give us some idea of the options?😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 42,229
    edited September 2021
    No - they're the same. You can pollard your tree, or just prune when it's a little bigger, to get a different shape   :)

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/shrubs

    I'm just thinking - it's very small if it's ten years old. It's possibly struggling in the site it's in. Do you have a photo?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



  • Apologies, its more like 7 or 8ft tall.
  • Pic below shows a perfectly pruned mature Fagus sylvatica atropurpurea in a local garden.
    So yes you can prune your young tree!
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 42,229
    No problem @Paul060. You can certainly remove some of the lower branches, which will give you a lollipop effect.  :)
    Wait until it's dormant, and you'll be able to see the shape better, and it won't do any harm to the tree   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thanks, when is the best time to do this.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 74,737
    edited September 2021
    When the leaves have fallen (or at least gone brown and crispy) Nov/Dec/Jan is when I’d do it 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Paul060Paul060 Posts: 25
    I have trimmed it, and it looks much better. Thanks.
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