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Dawyck Gold Beech

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Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Gold’ – An incredible accent tree with smooth gray bark and early gold foliage that matures to bright green throughout the season, a most stately specimen; quite particular about growing conditions, requires rich soil and significant moisture

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Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Dawyck Gold Beech is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive lime green deciduous foliage which emerges gold in spring. 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 Gold 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 Gold Beech will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 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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