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Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'

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Weeping Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Weeping Beech

Weeping Beech

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Weeping Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Weeping Beech foliage

Weeping Beech foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  50 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Common Beech, European Beech

Description:

An incredible accent tree with smooth gray bark and lovely weeping branches; glossy green leaves throughout the season turn to copper in fall; a most stately specimen;particular about growing conditions, requires rich soil and significant moisture

Ornamental Features

Weeping Beech has green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Weeping Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Weeping Beech is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Weeping Beech will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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