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I have a 15 year old copper beech tree in my gardner which is struggling . I has only grown 2 metres since 2000 and does not show anything like the vitality of adjacent Horse Chestnut and Scotts Pine trees.

They are all planted in essentialy damp clay.

Is there a "food" or other supplement that I could try?

On plant Fagus sylvatica 'purpurea'



Birch does not like heavy soils much, and particularly not damp clay, unfortunately, preferring lighter, sandier soils, so that's probably why yours is struggling. That said, this particular cultivar is slower growing than the species, but expected height after 10 years should be about 5 metres.

26 Apr, 2010


beech is a relatively slower grower than many trees. I would'nt add anything other than perhaps a sprinkle of FB& B.

26 Apr, 2010


I stand corrected - I said birch, but I meant beech, and otherwise, everything I said is the same;-))

26 Apr, 2010

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