Nothofagus Cunninghamii, myrtle beech

The southern beech with the greatest territory range, this species has small leaves and grows in the classic, beech tear drop shape when young.

Conditions for growth and uses:

  1. full sun to some afternoon shade
  2. tolerates frost to about -16.5C
  3. pink to orange new growing tips and leaves are highly ornamental
  4. makes a potential bonsai specie, as it naturally forms multi stemmed, dwarf habit at high altitude on exposed sites
  5. If open grown becomes a spreading tree of oak like form to around 15m
  6. Forest grown trees can reach 50m with trunk diameters of 2.5m or more in high rainfall areas especially in Tasmania
  7. Makes an excellent screen and windbreak to 15m or so
  8. requires around 750mm of rainfall per year and benefits from cooler south and east aspects with 50mm in the driest month
  9. summer irrigation will significantly increase growth and survival
  10. recommended for districts at 500m asl in the southern ranges of SE Australia to 1500m in the northern tablelands of NSW
  11. Tolerates poor soils so long as reasonably free draining, but will grow far better on basalts and other superior mineral soils


Tree shape

Broadly ovoid

Mature size

Large 12-20m

Growth rate



Shade, carbon store, firewood, ornamental, windbeak

Soil type

Tolerate most soils types


Moist soils


simple, entire leaves


South East Australia