Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
FAGUS sylvatica 'Pendula'
European Beech, Weeping European Beech
Cherished for its smooth gray bark, elegant deciduous foliage, stately habit, and adaptability, European beech has long been a garden favorite on its native continent and elsewhere. Introduced in the early nineteenth century, weeping beech comes in many forms. Some specimens are tent-like, with multiple irregular leaders giving rise to branches that spread and then sweep downward to the ground; others are fountain-like, with limbs that droop directly from an upright trunk. The glossy, elliptic, wavy-edged leaves are luminescent light green when new, dark green in summer, and rich gold or bronze in autumn. Inconspicuous flowers in spring are followed by bristly capsules that ripen to tan in late summer and fall. They contain one to three edible nuts that are prized by wildlife. Raw nuts are inedible to humans.
Tough and reliable, European beech performs best in moist, well-drained, acidic to alkaline soil in full sun. Established trees tolerate some drought. Weeping beeches are an excellent choice for specimen use in large open areas. They also work well for bonsai.
8 - 1
5 - 7
A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
30'-90' / 9.1m - 27.4m
50'-90' / 15.2m - 27.4m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Tan, Brown
Lime Green, Sea Green
Gold, Copper, Bronze
Gray, Silver, Slate Gray
Feature Plant, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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