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


Dawyck Purple Beech
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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

Checking In on My Babies

Go aWAY, You Bug You!

Dishing the Dirt With Kathryn

Lifeguard of the Beech: Sink or Swim With God's Help

Just in Time for Arbor Day, Tree Blogger Bought the Beech


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'Dawyck Purple' Beech


Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver


May 6, 2006
The beech arrived.


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 haven't even planted the tree yet, so be sure to check back in a few years for a "real" growth chart!


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




May 9, 2006
We moved the beech into her new pot today. This picture was taken from the top, bird's eye view. One day this picture will be impossible, unless I happened to be dangling from a helicopter.



May 15, 2006
A couple of weeks in morning sunshine, and she's turning purple and growing again!

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