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How to Water a Tri-Color Beech Tree

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.


About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.