Answer: I think your tree was displaying a little transplant shock and lost its leaves early because of that. Tricolor beech trees (Fagus sylvatica 'Roseomarginata' or Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Tricolor') bear an exquisite variegated foliage throughout the growing season. Sometimes you'll see purple leaves bordered by rose and light pink. Other times, green and white centers are encased in a rosy border. No two leaves are alike! But, your tree is deciduous, meaning it will lose all of its leaves in the fall and produce new ones in the spring. The buds you see are new leaf buds. Give your tree a little more time to wake up from its winter slumber. If you do not see any new growth by the time other trees are leafing out, there's a problem with your beech. But, I suspect you'll see new growth. Enjoy!
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