A versatile, handsome tree, the beech takes center stage in the garden come fall when leaves change to red, gold, orange, or brown. Beech trees stand proudly upright or bend and weep; jagged leaves vary from deep green to variegated rose, white, green, or bronzy-purple. For the best leaf color, plant beeches in full sun. The hardy American beech is a U.S. native with larger leaves and light gray bark.
More varieties for Beech
Fagus sylvatica features smooth gray bark and glossy leaves that turn gold in autumn. It grows 80 feet tall and 50 feet wide. Zones 5-7
Fagus sylvatica 'Tricolor' bears green foliage variegated with splashes of pink and white. It grows 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Zones 5-7