Beech leaves burst from needle-sharp buds
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Consider the slim, sharply pointed buds that crown each twig borne by mighty beech trees. How can such grand, extravagant leaves emerge from such narrow confines? European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees are both bold and delicate, with various cultivars described below offering columnar, weeping and broadly spreading shapes as well as a varied choices in foliage color and texture.

Tricolor Beech
(Fagus sylvatica ‘Roseo-marginata’) greets spring with remarkable multi-colored foliage. Deep purple leaves, accented by rose-pink and cream margins, miraculously emerges from its needle-sharp buds. Smaller than typical European Beech cultivars, this is a well-mannered, elegant tree that grows to a height of about 30 feet and a spread of about 20 feet.

Purple Weeping Beech
(F. sylvatica ‘Purpurea pendula’) awakens to spring with a river of tender, dark purple leaves that flow from its branch tips. Because this cultivar has no central leader, it grows slowly to form a broadly weeping dome, rarely more than 10 feet in height. Its deep purple leaves become purple green in summer.


Tricolor Beech


Purple Weeping Beech


Fastigiate Beech

Rivers Purple Beech
(F. sylvatica ‘Riversii) is the most popular and widely planted of the purple leaf European Beeches. Its leaves emerge deep purple in the spring and maintain a good purple-bronze color through the heat of summer. Smooth silver-gray bark is beautiful all year long. In 30 years in an average urban landscape, this majestic tree will grow to a height of about 50 feet with a spread of 40 feet.

Fastigiate Beech
(F. sylvatica  ’Fastigiata') is one of the most striking of columnar trees. Its deep green leaves and tight columnar form make it an ideal tree for landscapes where a strong vertical element is needed. Mature height is about 45 feet, with a spread of about 15 feet.

Dawyck Purple Beech
(F. sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’) is a purple leaf form of Fastigiate Beech that matures to a slightly smaller height and spread, about 40 feet by 12 feet. It holds its purple leaf color well in the summer.

Fernleaf Beech
(F. sylvatica ‘Asplenifolia’) is named for its crisp, dark green, cutleaf foliage which turns a rich golden brown in the fall. Branches are closely layered and fan-like, adding to the tree's graceful appearance. Tall and broad spreading, it reaches a height of approximately 50 feet and spread of 40 feet.


Dawyck Purple Beech

Weeping Beech

Weeping Beech
(F. sylvatica ‘Pendula’) is one of the most graceful and magnificent of weeping trees. In winter, its arching branches cascade almost to the ground from great heights, each twig ending in a slim, sharply pointed bud. Because it tends to maintain an upright central stem, Weeping Beech reaches a height of about 40 feet and spread of 30 feet in 30 years. Each develops a unique character and shape, a living work of art that becomes more beautiful with each passing year.

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