There are few trees that can match the beauty of the European weeping beech. In summer the simple, glossy dark green leaves form a dense canopy from the top of the tree to the ground. The tree grows slowly but attains a huge size at maturity and is beautiful long before that. This is not a tree for a small garden but can be a real eye catcher as a specimen tree in a large space. Look for it in arboretums; it is well worth the search. (See also American Beech)
Type: Weeping deciduous tree.
Outstanding Features: Weeping form especially attractive in winter; reddish bronze to yellow autumn coloration; leaves persist in winter.
Form: Broad pyramid.
Growth Rate: Slow-moderate.
Bloom: April-May (insignificant).
Size: 50-60’ H x 40-50’ W.
Light: Full sun.
Soil: moist, well-drained, acidic soil; does not like excessively wet soil.
Hardiness: Zones 4-7.
Care: Stake new plant until it is 10 tall; cut off side branches if narrow tree desired; prune in early summer or fall.
Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to powdery mildew, aphids, canker, and beech bark disease but these are not usually a problem.
Propagation: cuttings or seeds.
Comments: Individual specimens are highly variable; large trees may be difficult to transplant.