Nothofagus menziesii

Silver Beech, Tawhai


  • Silver bark with upright to drooping branches.
  • Bronze stems on new growth.
  • Small mid green foliage.
  • Most shade tolerant beech.
  • Foliage slightly denser than other beeches.


  • Suitable for planting in medium to large gardens and parks.
  • Small leaves and soft flowing branches make it an ideal contrast for other native plantings.

Growing Conditions

  • Very wind and frost hardy.
  • Moderately coastal hardy.
  • Will tolerate dry to very moist soils.
  • Full sun to partial shade.


Height Width
5 year old tree 2.0m 1.0m
10 year old tree 4.0m 2.0m
Country of Origin:   New Zealand
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