Talk:Fagus sylvatica

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Most of this article's content was translated from fr:Hêtre following the request below at Wikipedia:Translation into English.

  • Article: fr:Hêtre
  • Corresponding English-language article: European beech
  • Worth doing because: Material to incorporate into English-language article (+ pictures)
  • Originally Requested by: Bogdangiusca 19:29, 7 Feb 2004
  • Status: In progress Nathan 13:44, 10 Mar 2004 (UTC)
  • Other notes: Most of the information in fr:Hêtre corresponds to the European beech rather than the originally requested Beech.

I'm not sure about capitalizing all of these tree names. I referred to Oak when I first wrote them un-capitalized, as that is how they appear there. If there is a policy to capitalize the names, that article needs work as well. Nathan 19:47, 2 May 2004 (UTC)

There isn't a current hard-and-fast policy, but the majority preference as discussed on the Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Tree of Life is for capitalisation of individual species names (e.g. European Beech), but not for generic citations (e.g. beeches, oaks) - MPF 15:35, 12 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Arctic beeches[edit]

In an old garden in Lurøy (Rennesansehagen), located exactly at the arctic circle, is an 19 meter tall copper beech [1], and there is one 100 km north of the Arctic circle at Steigen Bygdetun in Steigen as well. There are probably many more, but these are fairly large and located in public places. There are lots of beeches in Trondheim; one European beech in Ringve Botanical Garden was presented as the second largest tree in Trondheim by circumference (4.35 m at chest hight - the largest was an European Ash) by the local newspaper Adresseavisen.

Change taxobox image[edit]

I think the current image in the taxobox is not good for that purpose, as the big trunks in the photo are not of beech. Beech trunks can be seen only in the background. The Sonian Forest photo is very impressive. Perhaps it could be changed to the taxobox? Krasanen (talk) 09:53, 1 September 2008 (UTC)


I'm looking for information about the "Rohan" subspecies, Fagus sylvatica Rohanii. Could someone add this? (talk) 19:51, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

It's unlikely to be notable enough to warrant more than a simple listing in the article. My Hillier manual describes 'Rohanii' as a purple-leaved cultivar of fern-leaved beech (the Heterophylla Group); it's described as "A remarkably beautiful, rather slow-growing tree", if that helps at all? PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 20:15, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

"Distribution and habitat"[edit]

Moved content here from main page, following discussion of beeches growing among oaks:

Foresters may assure the oaks' survival by cutting young beeches with a billhook 10 cm off the ground, which can produce magnificent bonsai.

Passage lacking citation, with non-neutral point of view. Can anyone provide a source? Much of the rest of this section needs better citations as well.

--Coconutporkpie (talk) 22:45, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Toxic substances[edit]

Raw nuts are reportedly toxic due to the presence of an alkaloid (or saponin) called fagin (or fagine):

I haven't found formulas for "fagin" itself yet; however, here're some formulas for some Fagus alkaloids:

--Djadjko (talk) 00:39, 18 December 2015 (UTC)


According to (even not so) recent and consolidated taxonomy, Fagus orientalis is now classified as subspecies of Fagus sylvatica:

Merging the two separated pages of W-Eurasian beeches could be considered? Giovanni Caudullo (talk) 13:57, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

fastigiate (columnar) forms[edit]

Please add text and photos about the fastigiate (columnar) forms. These are very important for modern urban domesticated uses. Some amount of detail about the history of breeding these cultivars would be welcome.- (talk) 15:58, 3 January 2017 (UTC)