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Nothofagus cunninghamii - Hook.&Oerst.

Common Name Myrtle Beech
Family Fagaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist sheltered localities in temperate rainforests[154, 156].
Range Australia - Tasmania and Victoria.
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Nothofagus cunninghamii Myrtle Beech


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Nothofagus cunninghamii is an evergreen Tree growing to 55 m (180ft 5in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Fagus cunninghamii.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - strong, tough, close grained, light, polishes well. Used for joinery, cogs of wheels, furniture etc[154, 156, 167].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers an open well-drained loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Succeeds on most soils but dislikes calcareous soils[1, 200]. Prefers a pH between 5 and 7 but dislikes acid peats[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. They only succeed outdoors in the milder areas of Britain[1]. Young plants at Crarae in western Scotland in 1992 appear to be very hardy and robust[191]. Plants in the wild vary in size from shrubs to very big trees according to rainfall and altitude[11]. Trees have poor wind resistance in Britain, probably because they grow so fast[11]. Another report says that this species is slow growing in cultivation[157]. Trees up to 4 metres tall can be successfully established, though the optimum size for transplanting is about 30 - 80cm. The roots are very sensitive to desiccation and extreme care should be taken when transplanting them[200]. Another report says that the tree transplants badly[154]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cool greenhouse or cold frame. Spring-sown seed requires 2 - 3 months stratification at 1 - 5°c[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed must not be allowed to dry out according to one report[80] whilst another says that the seed can be stored dry at 2°c for long periods[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78]. Layering.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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tank williams   Mon Nov 4 03:51:20 2002

this is german shiza

Adrian Watton   Mon Dec 14 2009

There is a full grown mature tree at Ingleton in West Yorkshire UK in someone's front garden.

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