Fagus lucida Rehder & E. H. Wilson

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Grimshaw, J. & Christian, T. (2019), 'Fagus lucida' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/fagus/fagus-lucida/). Accessed 2019-11-17.

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dbh
Diameter (of trunk) at breast height. Breast height is defined as 4.5 feet (1.37 m) above the ground.

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John Grimshaw & Tom Christian (2019)

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Grimshaw, J. & Christian, T. (2019), 'Fagus lucida' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/fagus/fagus-lucida/). Accessed 2019-11-17.

Trees to 25 m, single-stemmed, with thick branches supporting a broad flattened or rounded crown. Bark dull grey. Winter buds ca. 1.5 cm. Petiole 0.6-2 cm; leaf blade ovate to elliptic-ovate, 5-9(-11) x 2-4.5 cm, lustrous green and glabrous except for silky pubescence abaxially on midvein, base broadly cuneate to rounded, margin slightly sinuate, apex acute to shortly acuminate; secondary veins 8-12 on each side of midvein, ending in minute teeth. Peduncle 0.5-1.5 cm, glabrous. Cupule 1-1.5 cm; bracts tuberculate, closely appressed but with recurved tips, triangular mucronate, 1-2 mm, rarely apical ones slightly ascending. Nut slightly exserted, with minute or hardly evident wings near apex. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Sep-Oct. (Huang, Zhang, & Bartholomew 1999Cullen et al. (eds) 2011).

Distribution  China Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Zhejiang.

Habitat Mixed mesophytic forests on mountain slopes; 800-2000 m asl.

USDA Hardiness Zone 7a-7b

RHS Hardiness Rating H5

Conservation status Not evaluated (NE)

Despite having been discovered by Augustine Henry in 1887 and collected by Wilson in 1911 (Bean 1981) Fagus lucida is still a very poorly known species, with few examples in cultivation - though it is currently offered by several British nurseries (RHS Plant Finder 2017-18). A specimen at Nymans, West Sussex, was recorded as having reached 12.5 m in 1970, while the Tree Register records that one at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, achieved 16 m (1990, but since gone). The current British and Irish champion is a 15 m (45 cm dbh) specimen at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, North Yorkshire (planting date unknown) (Tree Register 2019). It is in cultivation in North America, for example at the JC Raulston Arboretum (JC Raulston Arboretum 2019) and in continental Europe, for example at Wespelaar (Arboretum Wespelaar (ed.) 2019) but scarce everywhere.


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