Nothofagus fusca

New Zealand Red Beech, Tawhairaunui

In Stock: 0.097 lb (Total:0.097lb)
  • Nothofagus fusca

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Germination test:
Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
0.1 lb
Collected in:
New Zealand
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days
Germination: sow seed 1/2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Discover the magnificent Nothofagus Fusca, more commonly known as the New Zealand Red Beech or Tawhairaunui, an impressive evergreen that thrives in acidic, well-drained soils. Adaptable in nature, the tree can grow up to 40ft in cultivation and an awe-inspiring 120ft in its wild habitat—giving testament to its impressive strength and adaptability. The Red Beech bursts with life, offering striking, red-brown stems that often boast characteristic zigzag patterns. Its alternate, broad-ovate leaves span 3-5 cm long and 2-3 cm wide and add bright yellow-green to dark green color pops to your landscape. These leaves turn a vibrant red before falling in their second year—a captivating display these trees are renowned for. As the male flowers bloom, you'll find them grouped 1-3 with 8-11 stamens, while the fruit takes a red coloration forming a 12mm, 4-valve capsule with 3 seeds. A notable feature of the Red Beech is its bark, which not only provides a rich source of tannin but also offers a black dye. The timber is of fine quality, red, durable, and straight-grained—an ideal choice for indoor work. With bright red foliage adorning young trees during winter and a flamboyant display of autumn colors, this tree provides year-round beauty. Hardy to USDA Zone 8, this native New Zealand treasure could be the perfect addition to your landscape.

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