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Beeches, both the American and European species, are large stately and noble trees. They have a smooth sensuous dark gray bark that is exceptionally attractive. Unfortunately, this feature often beckons graffiti practitioners to denigrate trees by carving their initials on trunks. Newly emerging spring foliage is lime-green, and the fall foliage color is an attractive gold-brown. In the fall and winter, bright tan leaves (dead) on young trees stay attached to branches (this leaf retention characteristic is a juvenile plant characteristic). The sight of young beech trees clad with bright tan foliage in the dormant season is a beautiful forest/landscape sight. Un-pruned trees typically have short trunks (major limbs coming off lower portions of the trunk). Beeches are slow to medium growers and generally require a well-drained soil with ample moisture to prosper.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 21, 2012