Fagus sylvatica is an impressive tree that grows in the wild in large parts of Europe. Mature specimens reach circa 35 m in height and width. The soft bark is smooth and has a grey colour. Old bark can be damaged by scorching. The shiny, dark green leaves are 4 - 10 cm large and have a curving margin.The young leaf is slightly haired when unfolding. Yellow-brown autumn colour. The tree flowers with small, inconspicuous catkins. In autumn nuts appear, only at a later age the tree does the tree bear a rich crop. Has many roots in the top soil, so that undergrowth gets little chance. The tree is used as a park tree and as a solitary. In addition it is much used for planting hedges and woodlands. Prefers humus rich soil that is not too wet and well-drained. Withstands hard surfaces less well. Moderately wind-tolerant.