Herb: Myrtle Beech

Latin name: Nothofagus cunninghamii

Synonyms: Fagus cunninghamii

Family: Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Description of the plant:


55 m
(180 feet)

Habitat of Myrtle Beech:

Moist sheltered localities in temperate rainforests.

Other uses of the herb:

Wood - strong, tough, close grained, light, polishes well. Used for joinery, cogs of wheels, furniture etc.

Propagation of Myrtle Beech:

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 - 5C. 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 whilst another says that the seed can be stored dry at 2C for long periods. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Layering.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist sheltered localities in temperate rainforests.

Medicinal use of Myrtle Beech:

None known

Known hazards of Nothofagus cunninghamii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.