Herb: Red Beech


Latin name: Nothofagus fusca


Synonyms: Fagus fusca


Family: Fagaceae (Beech Family)



Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Tree

Height:
35 m
(115 feet)

Habitat of Red Beech:

Lowland to montane forests southwards from 37°s, on North and South Islands.

Other uses of the herb:

A black dye is obtained from the bark. The bark is a source of tannin. Wood - fine quality. Used for indoor work, mine props etc.

Propagation of Red 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:

Lowland to montane forests southwards from 37°s, on North and South Islands.

Medicinal use of Red Beech:

None known

Known hazards of Nothofagus fusca:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.