1. ‘Purpurea Tricolor’ European Beech
Name: Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Tricolor’
Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet wide
Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained soil
Native range: Central Europe to the Caucasus
This tree has been around for a while, but it is still a favorite of mine. If it is sited just right, where light can trickle through the upper canopy to backlight the leaves, the pink glow it gives off is just stunning. Its foliage has a dark rosy flush in spring that will fade to a softer pink as the summer progresses and the variegation starts to bleach toward white. In the Midwest, it performs best in a partially shaded location; the leaves will burn in full afternoon sun. It also needs very well-drained soil and will not tolerate heavy clay or wet feet.
2. ‘Banana Boat’ Broad-Leaved Sedge
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