Tri Color Beech Tree

How to Plant a Tri Color Beech Tree

Planting a Tri Color Beech tree will add elegant brilliance to your landscaping.  This is the kind of tree that all of your neighbors will want to copy and people driving by will stop to ask for information on.  The leaves alone on this tree makes it a show stopper.  They come in shades of green, pink and white but turn to a gorgeous copper color in the fall.  It can grow from 24 to 40 feet tall and up to an impressive 30 feet wide but don't worry, it usually stays smaller than this.  The Tri Color Beech tree produces small tri-cornered nuts known as beechnuts.  While it is safe to consume a few of these, they are mildly toxic so overindulging is not a good idea.  Some will tell you to stay clear of eating them all together yet there is argument that they are completely safe to consume so moderation is the key here.

There are a few things to keep in mind when adding a Tri Color Beech tree to your yard.  This isn't the kind of tree that you can just throw anywhere so a little planning will be extremely beneficial.   It is an extremely slow growing tree and the most important thing to keep in mind is location.  When this tree is young and freshly planted it should be placed in a partially shaded area.  If it is planted in full sun, the foliage can burn if the sun is hot.  You need to observe where the sun rises, sets and which part of the yard it beams on at the hottest part of the day and mark that as a 'do not plant' area for this tree.  Your leaves will burn and not turn to the beautiful colors that you purchased it for.  Also keep in mind that grass and other plants will not grow under the tree due to its roots and it does not do well in waterlogged soils. 

After you have planned out where your Tri Color Beech tree is going to be planted you are ready to begin.  Dig out an area for the tree that is the same depth as, yet three to four times the diameter of the container or the rootball.  If your tree has burlap, remove the nails from the burlap at the top of the ball and pull the burlap back so it doesn't stick out of the hole when the soil is replaced.  If it is wrapped in synthetic burlap it should be removed because it won't decompose like natural burlap.  When filling the hole make sure you use at least half of the original soil.  Also, be sure to create a water ring around the outer edge of the hole.  This not only will conserve water but it will also direct moisture out towards the perimeter roots which helps encourage the outer root growth.  Mulched tree always grow better than trees that are unmulched so add three inches of pinestraw, compost or pulverized bark over the back filled area.

Since the Tri Color Beech tree grows slowly, you will want to water it regularly for the first two years while the roots are developing and apply a fertilizer that contains phosphorus for at least the first year.  You need to take care of the tree but you do not want to baby it.  This tree needs a bit of stress to show its truest and most beautiful colors.  If its pruned and hovered over too much it will lose its variation in color and ultimately be single reddish in color, which is still beautiful but probably not what you bought it for.  Also a good bit of information regarding planting is it does not particularly care to be relocated and it is especially vulnerable in the Fall season so really, location cannot be stressed enough when planting.  A large tree can cut down on cooling costs in the summer up to 10% and a tree of this beauty and size will be a part of your landscaping for many years.  Although the Tri Color Beech tree may be a bit more costly than other trees, its stunning beauty will add a beautiful frame to your home.



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