FAGUS SYLVATICA ‘LACINIATA’ – BEECH, EUROPEAN ‘LACINIATA’
The tree grows slowly, is hard to transplant and prefers a sunny location and a moist, light soil. Though not a street tree, the tree makes one of the finest specimens of all those available in North America for large scale landscapes. European Beech is somewhat tolerant of heat and dry soil, but it is best to locate it where it would receive adequate moisture. Allow roots to expand into a large soil area and mulch out to the edge of the canopy to maintain best health. Otherwise leaves often scorch in dry summer. Trees grow poorly in restricted soil spaces.
I have seen trees labeled as ‘Laciniata’ that look identical to others labeled as ‘Asplenifolia’. Trees are among those susceptible to summer branch drop in Britain. Summer branch drop is a phenomena resulting in failure and breakage of large diameter branches typically on calm summer days.