Plants for Summer: Trees


Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'

Common name: Weeping European Beach
Zones of hardiness: 4 to 7
Height & width: 35 to 50’ high and 20 to 40’ wide
Leaves: Alternate, simple, medium gloss, hairy and toothy edges, light green 2 to 4” long and 1 ½ to 2 ½” wide,
Origin: Central and southern Europe

The form of the Pendula cultivar of a Fagus sylvatica tree has variations, from more horizontal branching to sharply vertical and billowing. Its fruit is a clear giveaway to its identity: oval and bright green with beige hair, often attracting birds. Its smooth grey trunk is short and stout and can divide into several medium width branches. It provides such ample shade that the climate underneath it lowers noticeably; still, it can be grown in full or partial sun. In the landscape it has been planted as a specimen and can be considered placed in a particularly solemn place, such as a cemetery. On the other hand, it can elicit an ambiance of gracefulness.