tricolor beech tree - Knowledgebase Question

Ann Arbor, Mi
Question by dmalecki
March 23, 2009
last spring i bought a tri colored beech tree and had the nursery plant it for me. it did well for the first 3-4 months, then all of a sudden it lost all of it's leaves sometime in late summer. i thought it had died, but each branch looked as though it had small buds on it, it still has buds on it - any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2009


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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