This tree can be planted at a close spacing usually in a double row to form a perfect hedge. As a hedge it acts as a great screen and a wonderful wind break. In the summer the green leaves are a very attractive background to any garden. After turning brown in the Autumn the leaves normally stay on until the spring, keeping the benefits of screening and a wind break. As a tree standing alone or as a plantation it is magnificent. I have seen trees in a plantation reach 35 meters high. The leaf mould built up under mature trees is a treat for any gardener. I am told that Beech communicate with each other!