Red Obelisk European Beech - a Winner!

Red Obelisk European Beech 

Red Obelisk European Beech is a 2015 Cary Award winner and for good reason!

It is a narrow, columnar tree with wavy, lustrous, burgundy-black foliage all spring and summer.

 Ideal for tight planting areas, it can grow 40 ft. high and no more than 10 ft. wide after several decades. Tolerant of urban pollution so it is good for city landscapes. 

Red Obelisk European Beech Tree

It is a pest-free cultivar, shows good tolerance to road salt, compacted soils and a little light shade (which reduces the intensity of foliage color).

In fall its foliage turns coppery-bronze, holding for weeks, eventually dropping to display a distinct winter-branching outline against the sky.

Plant it  for a strong vertical accent. Or use several trees to form a hedge.

Young Red Obelisk trees

Red Obelisk is quite tolerant of soil conditions - it needs adequate drainage but other than that, fares well in almost all soil types. It  prefer lots of sunlight.

Red Obelisks are able to handle temperatures down to about -30 degrees F. 


  1. I absolutely love learning about new trees and plants! This red obelisk European beech is gorgeous. I love the deep red, almost purple color. My parents have a part of their yard that backs to a pretty busy road. These seem like they'd be perfect for blocking out some of the street noise. I'll have to show them to my mom and see what she thinks about adding them to her yard.

    1. Get them small and plant fairly close....

  2. Years ago, when I was looking for a new tree, I bought a River's Birch. I debated about buying a beech tree but decided it grew too slowly. Pity, as now, 20 years later, it too would look very nice in my yard.

    1. I agree....the beech tree - along with the oak - is a stately tree. The King of the Forest. River Birch is not in their league but a great tree.

  3. Great article with beautiful tree!!
    It feel so refreshing!!
    Thanks for sharing.!!

    1. Hello 'not that kind' - I am happy to hear from you!


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