Puget Pillar southern beech
Nothfagus antarctica 'Puget Pilar'
The "southernmost tree on earth", the Antarctic Beech is a fantastic option for those wanting something a little different. It produces tiny, glossy leaves - barely an inch long - and its young bark resembles that of cherry tree. Its fall color is yellow/orange and its tiny leaves means they blow away quickly in fall winds. It grows in wide open spaces in its native habitat and is therefore both wind and drought tolerant once established. This cultivated variety from Washington Park in Seattle is characterized by more upright branches.
It prefers acidic, well-drained soil and full sun
Can provide a vertical screen or wind block
30+' at maturity
20' at maturity
Open, upright, slender
Small, green, glossy
cherry-like in youth, scaly with age