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The Franken Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Franken'

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Franken Beech
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This rare beech tree is notable for it’s stunning bright white leaves. As a young tree, it has green foliage with spotted white flecks, but as it ages white variegation becomes increasingly prominent.

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Due to the lack of pigmentation in the leaves, the tree is exceptionally slow growing, gaining only 2 – 5 inches a year to a maximum height of 12ft. It is happiest amongst woodland margins in a temperate climate - too much sun may cause the foliage to scorch. Here it is situated in the Dell, where it provides an eye-catching highlight in the shade.

The foliage is palest in early spring alongside inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. As the seasons progress, the leaves darken, eventually turning orange/tan and producing spiny, capsule-like fruit in autumn.

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All photography copyright © Andrea Jones

QR interpretation service © Garden Exposures