Fagus sylvatica (Tricolor Beech)
Light: Full to Part Sun
Photo by The Gardener's Apprentice
A large stately color accent tree with incredible green, white and pink-variegated foliage, often mottled on the same leaf, must be seen to be believed; quite particular about growing conditions, requires rich soil, significant moisture and room to spread.
Tricolor Beech is primarily valued in the landscape for its decidedly oval form. It has attractive white-variegated burgundy foliage with hints of pink. The serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics. (Source: Oakland Nurseries)