Nothofagus antarctica

Antarctic beech

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Outstanding Qualities

This Patagonian native has a wonderful layered branching pattern with thin delicate limbs. In spring tiny round dark green leaves emerge and cast a light open shade allowing you to garden under its canopy. Often trees will grow as a multi-stemmed specimen creating a beautiful result. It is quick in youth then slows after about ten years or so. The bark is interesting; young bark has a distinct cherry bark pattern and older trunks develop an interesting scaly pattern. This South American native is easy to grow.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: narrow tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established or occasional watering

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’, Carpinus japonica, Disanthus cercidifolius, Corylopsis spicata

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green

Culture Notes
Southern beech grows best in full sun to light or open shade. Provide a location with moist, well-drained or sandy soil. Once established it is drought tolerant. Little pruning is needed for this tree to look its best. Dead, broken or poorly developed limbs can be removed in winter.