Weeping European Beech


Fagus sylvatica var. ‘Pendula'

Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves are elliptic in shape 2-4” long, 1-2” wide with a blunt point at the end. Leaf edges are slightly wavy and usually smooth. Dark green to purple-green color. Fall color is brown to purplish.

Bark/Twigs: Silver-grey bark remains smooth with age but wrinkles where branches attach to trunk. Younger branches are brown olive-green color and white-speckled. Branches grow in creative turns and twists. Zig-zag twigs.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous flowers in spring. Triangular beech nuts grow in pairs inside prickly husks. Small nut in 4-part capsule, but is rarely seen.

Mature size and shape: Large. 30-50’h x 30-60'w. They are known to grow to 60'. Weeping, irregular shape with a dense canopy. Long, pendulous branches touch the ground.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun to partial shade. Moist, well-drained soil. Has adapted well to Utah’s clay soils.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Unique and graceful specimen tree or focal point. Slow growing rate. Average maintenance. The variety ‘Purpurea Pendula’ is a purple-leaved form that is smaller, only about 10’h.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-7

Family/Origin: Fagaceae - Beech and Oak.

Campus use: Rare. Can be found west of Pioneer Memorial Theatre (Bld 66).