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Red Obelisk Beech

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A very narrow, columnar tree with deep purple crinkled foliage all season long, excellent for color, articulation or as a tall screen. Slow growing, space close together for privacy screens.

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Red Obelisk Beech is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive burgundy 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

Red Obelisk Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Red Obelisk Beech will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot 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 100 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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