Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’

weeping European beech

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Outstanding Qualities

No two specimens of weeping European beech are exactly alike, and this brings character to each individual by way of a distinctive shape with its downward flowing branches, reminiscent of a waterfall. Glossy, dark green leaves dominate in summer, then turn golden bronze in autumn. Matures up to 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide so it is definitely a tree for the larger garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: weeping tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: weeping habit with foliage in spring through autumn; attractive winter branching silhouette

Culture Notes
This European beech can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions from sand to clay as long as the drainage is adequate. Once established it only needs occasional watering during prolonged dry periods. It is a handsome specimen and should be provided enough space to fully develop. It rarely needs pruning to maintain its naturally graceful and majestic form and the thin, delicate bark can be easily injured. For these reasons, consult an experienced pruner or arborist before attempting to prune. Woolly aphids can be a minor problem, but sprays are not required since they do not jeopardize the tree’s vigor or health. Avoid planting near driveways or patios where the sticky “honeydew” from the aphids can create sticky surfaces.