The Q&A Archives: Protecting A Tricolor Beech I Just Bought(monrovia)-it's A Baby(5ys).

Question: My backyard faces West and South. Too harsh for Tricolor Beech from what information you have on the tag(partial Sun) and (avoid hot dry sun). My question is can I surround the tree with Arborvitae or some other tall protective plants to create a Partial sun environment for the tree.
It's young- only about 8' tall and very thin. It's staked in a pot as I bought it.
Thanks for any assistance you can give me. I have clay soil. I have a 6' fence around the yard, but the winter winds and summer winds come from the South and West.
Please help, I love the tree and don't want to lose it.
My East(front) of house is already full!! Northwest area is a possibility, but not much room(10' wide).

Answer: Unfortunately, it really does not sound like you have the right conditions to grow this tree but plants can sometimes surprise us and thrive nonetheless. You can try to erect a wind break for it to protect it from winds and you can try to mulch it to keep the soil more evenly moist and cool. Use several inches of organic mulch and place it over the root zone but not right up against the trunk. Take care in watering; test the soil with your finger to see if and when you need to water, also keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet up until it freezes this winter. You might also be able to erect a shade tent using nursery grade shade fabric over the tree while it becomes established. Since this grows to be a rather large tree in time, all of these measures would be most important and most practical during the first few years at best. Best of luck with your beech!

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