Experiences with Nothofagus in West-Norway and East-Denmark.
Species of southern beech (Nothofagus) were introduced to Scandinavia about 50-60 years ago. Descriptions are given for 9 species (Nothofagus antarctica, Nothofagus pumilio, Nothofagus procera, Nothofagus betuloides, Nothofagus cunninghamii, Nothofagus dombeyi, Nothofagus menziesii, Nothofagus obliqua, Nothofagus solandri var. cliffortioides and [Nothofagus solanderi var. cliffortioides]) grown in the Nordic region including Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. New plant material was collected during the 1970s by joint Nordic Arboretum expeditions to the southern hemisphere and distributed to the milder parts of West-Scandinavia. The performance of Nothofagus in West Norway is compared with results from East-Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Nothofagus antarctica and N. pumilio seem to have the broadest potential in the Nordic climate and N. betuloides looks promising for shelterbelt planting and production of decorative greenery in the Faroe Islands and along the coast of southwest-Norway.