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Fagus Dawyck Gold

Lisa9Lisa9 Posts: 17

I have made a huge expensive mistake and purchased 2 Fagus Dawyck Gold beech trees to replace conifers.  I  not an experienced gardener and went by the label on the tree in the garden centre, which said 'height in 10 years,  5 metres'. I took this to be the final height but have now found out they can grow to 15 metres!  My garden isn't large so these would look overwhelming eventually.  if i go ahead and plant them is it possible to keep them at a height of around 5 metres or would this spoil the shape?  Would it be better to try to sell them?  I have already had one expensive disaster and can't really afford another one. I am ready to just give up on trees and live with being badly overlooked by the house behind mine which is higher up.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,364

    THEY WILL END UP BEING LARGE TREES. BUT ASK YOURSELF THIS- ARE YOU GOING TO STILL BE LIVING THERE IN 20 YEARS' TIME? IF THAT IS UNLIKELY, WHY NOT ENJOY THEM AND LEAVE THE PROBLEM TO SOMEONE ELSE?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Most garden centres will give the heights of plants on a ten year growth, but remember plants don't stop growing what you usually find is after ten years the growth of the plant slows down.

    Being fagus I can't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to keep it in cheque by pruning, just remember not to wait until it gets too big do it year on year and keep it to the height you want.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,981

    I'd agree with pansyface. They'll take a good few years to get some real size in every direction, so enjoy them  image

    If you need screening from an overlooking house, you can plant a group of large shrubs slightly closer to your house, which gives you privacy. That's easier and quicker than putting anything on a boundary. An enclosed space using a pergola or somehting similar, will do the same job. image

    Last edited: 25 August 2016 08:07:05

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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