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Red Obelisk European Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Red Obelisk'

A handsome, columnar, specimen tree with deep purple, crinkled foliage all season long. Its slow growth and naturally narrow form make it an ideal low maintenance tree for residential landscapes. Adds striking vertical interest to larger areas. Its smooth silver bark is an attractive element in winter scapes. Deciduous.
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Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.


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Botanical PronunciationFA-gus sil-VAT-i-ka
Average Size at MaturitySlow reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; reaches 40 ft. tall with age.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth RateSlow
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsMaidenhair Tree (Ginkgo); Lilac (Syringa); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Dove Tree (Davidia); Weigela (Weigela)

Highly adaptable to a wide range of soil types, providing it is deep and well-drained; does not tolerate heavy, water-logged soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Seldom needs pruning.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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