Fagus sylvatica 'Franken'
Fagus sylvatica 'Franken' is a very slow growing dwarf beech which gradually grows to be a medium sized or large shrub with highly visible white variegation on the leaves.
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(Variegated Beech) Produced from a selected seedling of Fagus sylvatica 'Marmorata', the white marbling on the variegated leaves of this selection is very attractive and better than its parent. Young plants have green foliage lightly flecked with white markings.
As the plant establishes the foliage becomes fantastically white variegated, with the leaves in spring sometimes being pure white with tiny flecks of green. As summer progresses the green becomes more evident.
Fagus sylvatica 'Franken' is a beautiful yet slow growing foliage plant!
- Position: Sheltered in partial shade. Planting Fagus sylvatica 'Franken' in a hot position in full sun will cause the delicate leaves to scorch in late summer.
- Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy. Fagus sylvatica 'Franken' should be planted in a position sheltered from strong wind.
- Rate of Growth: Very slow.
- Habit: Eventually a medium sized or large, densely branched shrub.
- Height: up to 3 m (10 ft).
- Spread: 2 m (6 ft).
- Notes: This plant grows very slowly and will take many years to reach the above listed size. It can be grown very successfully in a large container or pot if required. A specimen of Fagus sylvatica 'Franken', planted in the arboretum surrounding our nursery had reached a height of 1.5 m and a spread of 1 m after 14 years.
- How Much Sun
- Partial or Dappled Shade
- Mature Size
- Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall), Shrub - Medium (5 - 10 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
- Special Features
- Leaf Colour - Variegated, To grow in a pot, Rare and Unusual