Beech forests are the least diverse forest types in New Zealand and generally grow in the colder mountain regions along the Southern Alps and the ranges of the North Island, although black and hard beech also occur in lowland areas. Red beech is the tallest beech species and dominates on more fertile sites. Silver beech and mountain beech are more competitive at higher altitudes, with the latter more so in drier regions. For more information about New Zealand's beech species see the Beech tree area of this website. Beech forest (Left: Rockburn Valley, Right: Beansburn Valley). Photos by John Sawyer.
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This page last updated on 26 Sep 2012