How to Water a Tri-Color Beech Tree


The tricolor beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) is a slow-growing deciduous tree that can reach heights of 25 to 40 feet. It features distinctive purple foliage with pink-and-white markings. The tricolor beech grows well in containers or in the landscape and provides a lovely accent to other plants. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, the tricolor beech tree is hardy from USDA zones 5 to 7.

Step 1

Mound up soil around the base of the tree to form a watering ring. Make the mound 3 inches high for a small tree to 10 inches high for a larger tree. Make the ring about 8 inches wide around the base of the tree. Place the water well 6 inches beyond the tree's drip line. The watering ring helps to concentrate the water to the tree's roots and is especially important for the newly planted tricolor beech tree.

Step 2

Place a 3-inch layer of mulch within the watering ring. This will help to conserve moisture on especially hot or windy days.

Step 3

Water the tricolor beechnut tree only when the top 4 inches of soil is dry. Fill the inside of the watering ring with eight to 10 gallons of water. Overwatering may cause the foliage to lose some of its brilliance; it's best to keep the tree a little stressed.


  • Reed College: Trees
  • Tricolor Beech Tree
  • "Landscape Management:‭ ‬Planting and Maintenance of Trees, Shrubs and Turfgrass"; James R. Feucht and Jack D. Butler; 1988
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