The Weeping European Beech

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:

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

9 response to "The Weeping European Beech"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 13, 2019

    A new trip, hope it involves bicycles and lots of photos. Nice tree too, not much grows under it.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 13, 2019

      Yes, a bicycle trip, I forgot to mention that! I’ll add it to my post.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: August 13, 2019

    Beech, weep for me, somehow it just doesn’t swing quite as well. It’ll never be a hit.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 13, 2019

      Weeping beech doesn’t sound right, does it. Maybe brooding beech? Still won’t make the charts, though. Blubbering beech? Bawling beech? Thesaurus suggests beetling, a new one for me… beetling beech sounds good.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: August 14, 2019

    What a fantastic tree! I look forward to reading about your upcoming tour.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 14, 2019

    Incredibly nice tree! No idea there was such a Beech.

    Wiki:
    “Branches may reach the ground and start new roots again.”
    So, there we go re: Kathleen’s post limbs becoming roots.

  5. By: Lah Posted: August 14, 2019

    Know what you mean about packing. Have a great trip. Beautiful tree!

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