Nothofagus antartica, also known as Antartic Beech, is an interesting specimen that was introduced to Britain from Chile in the early 1830s.
This genus of tree is unlike any other, having very unique distinguishing features; the leaves are small and heart shaped, they have a glossy and almost crispy appearance to them giving them the look of an evergreen, however it is a deciduous tree.
Throughout the summer time the glossy green leaves turn golden yellow. The bark is dark in colour and covered in small creamy white lines called lenticels.
Nothofagus antartica is a vigorous grower and is native to Chile. It is a medium to large sized tree which forms a rounded habit at maturity and is best suited to sunny positions and fertile soil.
This somewhat funky tree is great for large gardens and sheltered pockets of parkland, making a super statement specimen. It is certain to test those who think they know trees when asked which species it is.
Mature height: 15-20m
|Common Name(s)||:||Antarctic Beech|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree Features||:||Coloured Bark, Small Leaves|
|Soil Type||:||Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Alkaline Soil, Chalk Soil, Dry Soil|
|Mature Size||:||Medium to Large (15-20m)|
|Tree uses||:||Sheltered Sites, Woodland Sites, Garden, Light Sandy Sites, Avenue Trees, Parkland Trees|
Northofagus antartica - Antarctic Beech
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