Hillier Trees | Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ | Weeping Beech
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Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’

"Weeping Beech"

Common Name

"Weeping Beech"


9m high x 6m wide after 25 years.


Not demanding of soil type, it requires a free draining structure that does not waterlog. Its broad weeping canopy can establish wider than it is tall, maturing over time into a fantastic specimen feature. Plant in a location which will grant it the time and space for future generations to enjoy its full potential. Ideal for large parks, heritage sites and prominent estates.


A spectacular weeping form that grows according to its surrounds. Sometimes limbs are ascending, with relaxed branches which hang down to the floor. In other locations the branches grow horizontal, reaching out wide whilst draped in limb hanging branchlets. A wonderful form that appears ancient and graceful.


Buds break is the middle of April to the beginning of May when its lemon green leaves unfold. These become a vibrant lime green which hang almost to the ground in grace branchlets. As autumn comes the leaves bronze and become a russet brown. They are marcescence, in that they hold their crinkled leaves on the canopy throughout the winter

A form which can occur naturally in the wild. Unfortunately, sowing seeds of the Weeping Beech will hardly ever yield another Weeping Beech. The name Beech Pendula is used when describing the cultivar first introduced by George Loddiges at his nursery near London in 1836.

A large, graceful tree which is characterised by its sweeping pendula shape. Although slow growing, its maturity displays strong limbs that cascade downwards, weeping into the landscape with small leaved branch-lets. Its central leader begins vertical, but bends and spreads as it ages, drooping along its canopy. It can grow particularly wide, with its bright green leaves becoming a domed tumbling wall of summer foliage. Come winter the leaves melt in golden yellows and molten browns. When in sheltered locations these remain on the tree throughout the winter, allowing a peek at its weeping branches beneath.

A tree where time and space should be allowed for it to fully mature into its landscape. To be enjoyed on walkways, university campuses and courtly residential developments