What’s a better pastime when you are supposed to be packing for your bicycle trip than to run around with your camera? I dislike packing so getting a picture of this wonderful tree was a welcome escape.
Here’s the lowdown on the fagus sylvatica pendula, or weeping European beech, from Wikipedia:
The weeping beech is characterized by its shape with sweeping, pendulous branches. The trunk of the tree may not be visible from a distance due to the presence of the covering “weeping” branches. Branches may reach the ground and start new roots again. Smaller than the common beech, the tree can reach a height of up to 25 metres (82 ft) and tends to be wider than high.
Leaves of the weeping beech are broad, flat, simple and not lobed. They have smooth margins and alternate. They typically measure 5–10 centimetres (2.0–3.9 in) in length. Flowers appear in the spring and are inconspicuous.
And now the pictures: