Fagus sylvatica--European Beech

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Fagus sylvatica--European Beech

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European beech grows 80 to 100 feet tall and spreads 50 to 70 feet. The tree grows slowly, is hard to transplant and prefers a sunny location and a moist, light soil. The main ornamental features are smooth gray bark and the shape of the tree.

European beech has given rise to many cultivars: 'Albo- variegata'--leaves margined white; 'Asplenifolia'--cut leaves; 'Atropunica'--leaves purple; 'Cochleata'--smaller, spoon shaped leaves; 'Cuprea'--leaves copper colored; 'Dawycki'--upright growth habit; 'Fastigiata'--upright growth habit; 'Laciniata'--leaves cut, wider more regularly shaped than asplenifolia; 'Macrophylla'--larger leaves; 'Miltonensis'--leader erect, main branches horizontal, side branches pendulous; 'Pendula'--weeping habit; 'Purpurea Pendula'--weeping with purple leaves; 'Quercifolia'--slow growing, leaves oak-like; 'Riversii'--young foliage reddish then purple; 'Rohanii'-similar to laciniata; 'Roseo- marginata'--purple leaves with light pink border, grow in shade to prevent leaf burn, not easily grown; 'Rotundifolia'--leaves round; 'Spaethiana'--leaves purple; 'Tortuosa'--low, spreading, umbrella-like; 'Tricolor'-- leaves green and white with pink margins; 'Zlatia'--leaves golden in spring.

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Fagus sylvatica cuprea - 49K Fagus sylvatica cuprea - 55K
Fagus sylvatica fastigiata - 43K Fagus sylvatica pendula - 46K
Fagus sylvatica pendula - 48K Fagus sylvatica riversii - 48K
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