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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