Northofagus Antarctica

 

Northofagus Antarctica, Antarctic Beech. Deciduous tree native to southern Chile and Argentina. Grows 10-25 m tall with a slender trunk with scaly bark. The leaves are simple with a sweetly scented wax. The leaf colour is medium green, becoming yellow to orange in autumn The flowers are inconspicuous yellow-green catkins.

 

 

Plant in Sun, prefers acid loam, tolerates wind and drought when established.

 

General Tree Planting and care

  • Water the Tree thoroughly and allow to drain fully
  • If the Tree is being planted in a lawn remove a circle of turf
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the pot being planted and fork over the base Adding a bucketful of planting compost
  • Drive in one or two tree stakes a little off centre
  • Remove the pot gently, if the tree is well rooted cut off the pot
  • Position the tree against the stake if one stake is used or in the middle if two are being used
  • Ensure that the top of the Root ball is level with the surrounding soil
  • Replace the remaining soil and heel in well
  • Secure to the stake or stakes using one or two rubber adjustable straps
  • Water the tree and area thoroughly, then again at least once a week during the first growing season
  • Apply some general fertiliser every spring