Nothofagus menziesii is an evergreen tree that grows to 80 ft (24 m) or more in height. The bark is silvery on young trees and darker in old trees. The leaves are small, round and toothed. The tiny male and female flowers are carried on the same tree.
Nothofagus menziesii is called silver beech and is found in lowland to mountain forests, from Thames southwards in the North Island of New Zealand, and throughout the South Island. The timber is red, with a compact and straight grain, and is used in furniture making.