Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’

Family: Fagaceae

Countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Corsica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Wales, Yugoslavia

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ forms a tree with pendulous branches that stretch outwards and then hang rather decoratively.  The boughs grow out from the top of the trunk, they become further outstretched as the tree matures, but even the branches of young plants reach all the way down to the the ground.  Every branch is adorned with handsome leaves.  Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ is commonly known as the Weeping Beech.

This is a deciduous tree that’s fairly slow growing but will eventually form a significant specimen tree that demands a large area – a huge area.  Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ forms a tree that grows as wide (or wider) than it’s tall.  New leaves emerge in April and May.  This brand new foliage is lime green in colour, it ages to a lovely leafy green.  The arrival of autumn turns Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ leaves bronze.

If you’re interested in growing Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ in your garden, you’ll need to order a named plant from a nursery or specialist grower.  This tree doesn’t come true from seed; most forms of Fagus sylvatica display a traditional, upright growth habit; in order to produce a weeping specimen plants need to be vegetatively propagated.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ thrive in sunny and partially shaded gardens.  These trees will happily grow on any moist but well-drained soil, including acid, alkaline, and neutral soils.  Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ thrives on loam, and sandy, silty, well-drained soils, including chalky soils.  Avoid planting Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ on soils that frequently become wet or waterlogged.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ forms a tree with a trunk that looks rather like it is stood up with its head down and its arms outstretched, draping downwards.  These trees are very dramatic, Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ trees need a large amount of space around them, as over time they’re likely to develop into vast wide specimen trees with their arms outstretched commanding all the space they can.  Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ forms a substantial tree that can live for many years.  Height 9m (29ft) and width potentially up to 9m (29ft) wide, possibly wider – depending on the tree and its individual growing conditions.

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