This red beech (Nothofagus fusca) stands not in the midst of a beech forest but a podocarp-broadleaf forest on a bank several meters above the Hutt River. Unlike many other species of beeches, the red beech has a low tolerance for cold temperatures and poor soils and therefore grows in more fertile soils, such as those found in river valley floors. This isolated beech is slightly odd given the dogma that beeches don't disperse. It is possible it dispersed down the river given its proximity but unlikely. It is more likely this red beech dates back to a time when the environment was more suitable for its growth.
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