Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
FAGUS sylvatica 'Tricolor'
European Beech, Tricolor 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. A weak-growing cultivar introduced before 1870 and rarely found today, 'Tricolor' has elliptic wavy-edged leaves that are green with pink margins in spring before fading to white in summer. The tree commonly known as tricolor beech is actually 'Purpurea Tricolor', also known as 'Roseomarginata'.
Tough and reliable, European beech performs best in moist, well-drained, acidic to alkaline soil in full sun. Established trees tolerate some drought.
8 - 1
5 - 9
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
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall
Gray, Silver, Slate Gray
Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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