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Tree of the Week - March 8, 2004

October Glory MapleTricolor 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 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. 

Cultivars: 

'Roseo-marginata' ('Tricolor') - The Tricolor Beech has dramatic purple leaves with irregular green and pink markings. Grow this variety in partial shade. Its extra-slow growth makes it a wonderful accent in smaller gardens as well as large open spaces.

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