The European beech is hardy over a wide region from Nova Scotia to Southern Ontario in the west. It can grow to 100 feet or more tall (30 m). It is not as hardy as our native American beech but it transplants easier and bears sooner. The edible fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in pairs in a soft-spined, 4 lobed husk. The nuts are an important wildlife food. Suited for zones 5-9. Tree size ranges from 12-18 m in height and 15 m wide (70 x 45 ft) at maturity.
Beech nuts are a real treat. Two trees are needed for nut production. Native to Europe, it is an easy tree to grow. Suited for zones 5-8.
Purple European Beech grows into a wide oval, 25 m tall and spreads 20 m (70 ' tall, 40' wide). Leaves emerge deep purple and fade somewhat to a purple-green during the summer. Branches normally sweep the ground in a graceful fashion. The tree grows slowly, recovers slowly from transplanting and prefers a sunny location and a moist, light soil. Plant 2 for nuts. Suited for zones 5-8.