Talk about an amazing tree! Allow me to introduce you to the tri-color beech (tricolor, tricolour, tri-colour), or tri-color European beech, scientifically referred to as Fagus sylvatica Roseomarginata.
Tri-color beeches can come in shades of red, pink, purple, white, and green, depending upon the specimen. Compare that with the final image of a solid green leaf from an American beech that we explored earlier. I love the delicate fuzzy hairs on these leaves!
The tri-color beech tree you see in today’s post has a dark red/purple, a lighter red/brown, and a white shade which isn’t visible in these images. According to my reading, the best way to ensure that all the colors show up on your tri-color beech tree is not to baby it. This tree needs stress and hardship in order to show its truest and most beautiful colors. If a tri-color beech tree is overfed and given too much care and attention, it will lose the variegation in the leaves, and fade into a single reddish color.
I like this tree as an analogy for our own lives. If all we ever did was sit happily sucking up life and water and nourishment that was carefully fed to us each day, never wanting for anything, we would fade into a monochromatic life. Sure, we might be healthy and alive, but until we face hardships, until we overcome the insurmountable, take on life’s challenges, and reach for what we need, the world will not see our true colors and beauty in their complete and total rainbow.