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Weeping European Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’

Weeping European Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

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The Weeping European Beech is an iconic tree that becomes a remarkable specimen, with an upright central trunk, broad, spreading horizontal branches, and a curtain of smaller branches that drop vertically all the way to the ground. Like a green waterfall, it is loved by all who see it. Allow plenty of room for this tree, which can spread over 40 feet wide in time. The attractive green leaves turn bronzy yellow in fall, and young trees hold the dry leaves through winter. This tree is perfect for a unique and outstanding specimen on a lawn in a larger property, or a young tree could be grown in a smaller space, or even a large tub, for a number of years.

  • Broad horizontal branches from a central upright trunk
  • A curtain of smaller branches fall vertically to the ground
  • Becomes a large, long-lived, majestic specimen
  • Amazing lawn tree for a large property
  • Easily grown in cooler zones on well-drained soil

Plant the Weeping European Beech in full sun, in deep, well-drained soil. Avoid wet soil. This tree grows best in climates with warm, moist summers, and not so well where summers are very hot and dry. It is generally free of pests or diseases and doesn’t need any special care. This specimen is directly descended from the famous weeping beech that used to live in Flushing, New York, brought over from Belgium in 1846.

Plant Hardiness Zones 4-7
Mature Width 20-40
Mature Height 35-50
Soil Conditions Well-Drained Soil
Sunlight Full Sun to Light Shade
Drought Tolerance Moderate Drought Tolerance
Zones 4-7

Majestic specimen trees are a vital part of landscaping our gardens, and if you have a larger property you will want to plant special trees that will beautify it now and leave a legacy for the future. We are offering you the chance to plant a piece of American history (see the ‘History’ section lower down) and a remarkable specimen tree, when you plant the Weeping European Beech tree. This spectacular large tree is one of the most iconic weeping trees in the world, with a central trunk supporting horizontal branches that drop many vertical stems straight to the ground. It looks as remarkable in winter with its branching structure outlined against the sky as it does in summer when it looks like some green elephant that has taken root in your garden. If you want spectacular and beautiful specimen trees in your garden, then you must have this tree. Nothing else comes close, and mature trees are admired around the world.

Growing the Weeping European Beech

Size and Appearance

The Weeping European Beech is a large deciduous tree that has a strong central trunk supporting horizontal or slightly pendulous branches. From those branches long stems fall vertically, creating a curtain-like effect, and turning this tree into a giant green tent pitched on your lawn. It will typically grow 35 to 50 feet tall, with a spread of up to 40 feet, although very old specimens in ideal circumstances can double that spread. The distinctive bark is smooth and light-gray, resembling the skin of an elephant. The leaves are up to 4 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide, of an oval shape with very finely-serrated edges and a short pointed tip. The leaves are slightly leathery and slightly glossy, dark green on the upper side and paler green below. In fall they turn dark orange-yellow, and then pale brown as they die, and in young trees many of the leaves may stay on the tree until spring. It takes 10 to 30 years before a significant number of beech nuts are produced, and these are round, up to one inch long, with a spiny outer coating. They are popular with birds, wildlife and pigs.

Using the Weeping European Beech in Your Garden

The Weeping European Beech is a wonderful specimen for a large lawn, planted so it can be seen and admired from a distance. Consider planting it on a slope or near water, or edging a wood. This is a legacy tree that will probably live 150 years or more, so when planting consider its placement carefully, and allow plenty of room not just overhead (avoiding wires) but also looking at how close it is to buildings, driveways, roads and property boundaries.

Hardiness

The Weeping European Beech tree is hardy from zone 4 to zone 7, growing best in climates that are not too hot, with damp summers and cool winters.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

Full sun is best for your Weeping European Beech, which is pretty much assured if you place it in an open area allowing for its final size. It grows best in deep, well-drained soils of most types, and good drainage is essential, it will not tolerate wet ground. For that reason, a higher point, or on a gentle slope, is best.

Maintenance and Pruning

This tree is generally free of significant pests or diseases and grows easily and well in the right climate and location, and it is a very long-lived tree. It will take a few years for it to develop its full form, and you might want to do some formative pruning to develop a strong central trunk and well-spaced side branches, but otherwise no special care is needed.

History and Origin of the Weeping European Beech

The European Beech, Fagus sylvatica, grows naturally in Europe all the way from southern Sweden to the island of Sicily. It is especially grown and admired in England, where it was probably introduced by Stone Age migrants after the last Ice Age. Trees with weeping branches have arisen several times over the centuries, with slightly different patterns of growth, and they are placed together in the Pendula Group. The tree we are offering is of the most desirable type, with broad, spreading branches and weeping stems, best called ‘Pendula’.

In America we are pretty sure where all our weeping beech trees came from. Samuel Parsons was one of America’s first landscape architects, and he had the responsibility of choosing and planting the trees in NYC’s Central Park, designed by the founder of landscape architecture in America, Frederick Law Olmsted. Parsons was traveling in Europe and in 1846 he purchased a weeping beech from the estate of Baron DeMann in Beersal, Belgium. He had the tree shipped across the Atlantic, where it ended up being planted in Kissena Park, Flushing, Queens. 120 years later the tree was 65 feet tall and 85 feet across, a designated New York City Landmark, and the land it stood on was named Weeping Beech Park. It died in 1998. This tree was the parent of virtually every weeping beech in America, and we are confident that the trees we are selling are descendants of Parsons tree. What a history!

Buying the Weeping European Beech at the Tree Center

Our weeping beech trees are reproduced by stem pieces grafted onto seedling European beech trees – pieces traceable back to Parsons original tree. Plant a unique and majestically beautiful tree that is a slice of American history, but order your tree now, because our limited stock will not remain available for long.

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Weeping European Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’