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Dawyck Beech

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

Characteristics

Species:
sylvatica
Other Species Names:
Common Beech, European Beech
Average Landscape Height:
60 feet
Average Landscape Width:
30 feet
Genus:
Fagus
Cultivar:
Dawyck
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
copper
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Dawyck Beech is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive green deciduous foliage. The serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Dawyck Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. 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.

Planting & Growing

Dawyck Beech will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 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.

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