Growing different Beech Trees together

(Question)

Tree years the landscaper planted 3 Columnar Beech trees. Now I want to add 3 more Beech trees. However, the new landscaper says only Dawyck European Beech trees are available. Will all the trees look similar? or will it look strange having them all together in a row? Thanks for your help.

(Answer)

Thank you for posing this question to the Toronto Master Gardeners. I think my answer is that the two trees will look tremendous growing together. I am not sure which columnar beech trees you are growing, but I think that growing different kinds of Beech trees together will look very handsome and attractive. They will reach the same height (20′-50′), and will have the same columnar upright growth pattern. The major difference is that the Dawyck purple beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’) has broadly elliptic, lustrous, dark purple leaves. But of course, aesthetics is in the eye of the beholder, so I hope that my appreciation will meet yours.

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May 8, 2021