Amongst the deciduous tree species with which to do bonsai European beech, Fagus sylvatica, is one of the best, particularly if you are thinking of native tree species.
Very hardy and easy to grow the tree responds great to bonsai techniques and develops quickly as bonsai. Several examples are to be found in the nursery’s private bonsai collection. It is found both as a planted tree and growing wild throughout the UK. and is developed from both nursery stock of all ages as well as wild collected material.
This is a tall and elegant example of a Copper beech which is a natural variety of the species. Not as dark as some Copper beech the leaves are nevertheless a very attractive colour. This tree has been a bonsai for a long time coming as it does from the collection of an enthusiast of 30 years standing who sadly was forced by ill health to reduce her extensive collection. Certainly there is scope to develop the bonsai further with more ramification which is a simple grow and prune exercise. For a home produce bonsai it exhibits a pretty good root spread or nebari which measure 23 cm. across. Above this the trunk diam. is 5.5 cm. on the main trunk and 2.5 cm. on the little daughter trunk. As stated it is quite tall at a height of 90 cm. Branching spreads to 58 cm. The container is a good quality Japanese glazed oval ceramic that measures 42x31x7 cm.