American beech trees are the most common type of beech tree. They can be found in large, park-like landscapes such as university campuses, linings of long driveways, graveyards, and most forests. They are perfect shade trees and make for excellent firewood.
The tri-color beech has purple leaves with an irregular rose and pinkish white border. It is a smaller cultivar than the rest of the species. The tri-color beech is perfect for smaller city lots and front-yard statements. It is used for shade, along an entry drive or as a street tree. It can be both an accent among evergreens or planted in a grove and its color will be prominent from a distance.
Japanese beech trees resemble bonsai because of their curving, spiral-shaped trunks, white bark and small, pointed leaves.
Copper beech trees are useful for shady landscapes and naturalized or woodland gardens. New leaves emerge reddish-purple, changing to dark green, then turn yellow to orange-red in the fall, offering a kaleidoscope of color throughout the year.
The European beech is often used as hardwood in Europe. It is also commonly found lining parkways or golf courses and it can tolerate a wider range of soils than other beeches.
Here are some things to keep in mind when planting a beech tree: