May 6, 2006
Dawyck Purple Beech
the day she arrived in the mail. This is Gregory's first tree planting project.

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Facts at a Glance
Fagus sylvatica -
'Dawyck Purple'

Planted May 2006
Planting height: 16"
Planting trunk: 0.5"

2007 Update
1-yr height: ?"
1-yr trunk: ?"

Mature Height: 50 to 75'
Spread: 10 to 35'
Growth rate: Slow
Form: Columnar
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Fall color: Copper
Hardiness zone: 4 - 7
Culture: Sun/part shade

Best feature:
Fits in small space

Worst problem:
Don't know yet

Do over? So far, yes

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A Tree Grower's Diary
'Dawyck Purple' Beech

DAWYCK PURPLE BEECH JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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May 15, 2006
After spending two weeks out of the box and in morning sun, the little beech is not only growing, but is turning purple! The top picture, and the one at right were taken May 15th. The top right one was taken May 18th, and shows that the tree is enjoying the sunshine!

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May 6, 2006
The beech arrived
with the mail.

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I ordered the tree from Forest Farm in Oregon. She shipped on April 27, and arrived nine days later, her leaves looking perfect, her soil still moist. I love that the tree tag has my name printed on it.
It's as if the tree was meant for me.

 

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May 6, 2006
Gregory is very excited and a little bit nervous about his first tree planting project.

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I left the tree buried in some mulch and leaves under the October Glory red maple and in front of the arborvitae for a few days before I moved the beech to her new pot. I didn't want to move her too soon after she'd spent so long in the box. And I wanted her to get used to the air here before I messed around with her roots.

May 9, 2006
Our neighbor, Kathryn, helped on planting day.

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May 9, 2006
Above, remnants of the winter leaf coverings; right, the grafting site.

What is the purple paint for? If I find out, I'll let you know!

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May 11, 2006
Undersides of the leaves are more purple than the tops, for now.

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I can't get over how healthy this little sapling looked after spending nine days in that box. Those people at Forest Farm -- I can't help wondering if they knew this tree was destined for world wide internet fame. Or perhaps they take special care of all their trees. I hope they do, and I must say, I am impressed.

Note: Forest Farm is not an advertiser on this site. This is, as always, my unbiased, honest opinion.

July 31, 2006
And summer isn't even over yet.

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For Julie's detailed comments, see the Dawyck Purple Beech detailed facts page
See the Dawyck Purple Beech growth chart
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