Fagus sylvatica var. heterophylla ‘Aspleniifolia’

Fern-leaved beech has narrow, glossy leaves in summer, bronze leaves in fall and attractive grey bark year round. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

My favourite, the fern-leaved beech tree

Judith Adam

The fern-leaved beech is a tree of true elegance, with narrow glossy green leaves that turn burnished bronze in autumn and form the most ideal leaf mulch. In winter the grey bark is similar to the hide of an elephant, and the glossy chestnut brown buds are delicately pointed.