Beeches



Glossy in summer; late to fall in winter.

The park has a gorgeous little collection of beeches


... from the cottage hedges in the north-east corner of the Meadows



to a tall, slender fastigiate tree in the Links;


... from a delicate cut-leaved beech on South Meadow Walk




to the spectacular autumn colours of the specimen in front of the University Library;






... from the tiny-leaved Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus antarctica) at the tennis courts and on Melville Drive, with its pinky-peach flowers in spring and its pinky-peach leaves in autumn







to the grand old giant at the foot of Marchmont Road.




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.