Nothofagus Moorei, negrohead beech

Perhaps the most heat tolerant of the souther beeches, this species comes from relic populations on the edge of the northern tablelands in NSW. It has the largest leaves of the evergreen beeches at around 7cm.

Conditions for growth and uses:

  1. full sun to some afternoon shade
  2. tolerates frost to about -9C
  3. pink to orange new growing tips and leaves are highly ornamental
  4. makes a good 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 40m with trunk diameters of 2m or more in high rainfall areas
  7. Makes an excellent screen and windbreak to 10m or so
  8. requires around 700mm 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
  10. re-sprouts well from stumps
  11. recommended for districts at 500m asl in the southern ranges of SE Australia to 1500m in the northern tablelands of NSW


Tree shape

Broadly ovoid

Mature size

Large 12-20m

Growth rate



Shade, carbon store, firewood, ornamental, windbeak

Soil type

Tolerate most soils types


Moist to moderately dry soils


simple, entire leaves


East Australia