Glossy in summer; late to fall in winter.
... from a delicate cut-leaved beech on South Meadow Walk
to the spectacular autumn colours of the specimen in front of the University Library;
In spring, several of the beeches leaf early and still display the dark husks of the beech nuts. Some years the beeches produce more nuts than others, as this unfortunate artist discovered (I think the article is a bit inaccurate about the "biennial" thing, though).
For me they have possibly the most beautiful green of any of the park trees
And I'm not the only one to think so
Within just a couple of weeks the leaves have tripled in size, and begun to thicken and darken
Their leaves stay on the trees long into the winter after others have shed, so although they're not the tallest trees in the park, in autumn and winter they're among the most spectacular.