Suitable Trees: Beech

Beech make excellent Bonsai, there are types of Beech spread throughout the world's temporate zones.

They tend to be grown in Informal Styles, and leaf trimming every other year will reduce the size of leaves on the larger types. It is important that leaf trimming is carried out as early as possible, as beech may not come back into leaf that year if it is left to late.

The Southern Beechs (Nothofagus SP) are closly related to beeches from the Northern hemispere, differing in that they have both deciduous, and evergreen species. From a bonsai viewpoint the can be treated as their Northern counterparts, except that you should not leaftrim the evergreen species.

They have no special needs but tend to do better in a alkaline (lime) soil rather than a peat based compost.

This was my first collected tree, and I've had it for about twenty years. Like so many trees, I was unsure what to do with it at first, tending to leave it and see what developed.

It's still a bit of a 'stick', having little taper to the trunk, however pruning the top while allowing the lower branches to grow on, is having a benificial effect on it.

The tree is shown in winter, and in common with all immature beech, it retains the dead leaves over winter.

Suitable Styles


All except Formal upright and Literati, which should always be conifers

Allen. C. Roffey 09:07 01/05/00