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Tree of the Week - November 8, 2004

October Glory MapleEuropean Beech

Fagus sylvatica--European Beech 

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7 
Height: 55 ft
Spread: 55 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: less than 12 inches 

Comments: European Beech 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. Various cultivars offer variety in the form of foliage color, and most are worth the extra effort of careful transplanting. 

Cultivars: 
'Dawyck' ('Dawyckii', 'Fastigiata') - A columnar form reaching a height of 60 feet and a spread of 15 feet. 
'Dawyckii Purple' - A narrow, columnar tree with deep purple foliage. 
'Pendula' - This weeping cultivar has green leaves and will be 60 feet tall and 50 feet wide. 
'Purpurea Pendula' - Slow growing, without a central leader, its weeping habit forms a broad purple dome. 
'Riversii' - The leaves are deep purple in spring and hold a good purple-bronze color throughout the summer. 
'Rohani' - The leaves have a purple cast to them when they emerge. 
'Roseo-marginata' ('Tricolor') - The leaves are purple with irregular green and pink markings. Grow the tree in partial shade. 

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