I have to say this is perhaps my favorite tree, I just love it! This tree is not for every yard but in my opinion every yard should take a look at having one of these trees.
It is Best grown in deep, rich, moist but well-drained soils in part shade. Plants do not perform well in the heat and humidity of the deep South. Variegated foliage may scorch in hot afternoon sun in the St. Louis area where sun dappled conditions with some afternoon shade may be best. Plants are intolerant of wet, poorly drained soils. Plants may be difficult to transplant. Plants do not always grow well in urban settings.
European beech is a large deciduous tree typically growing to 50-60’ (less frequently to 100’) tall with a dense, upright-oval to rounded-spreading crown. The bottom line is that tricolor beeches in general provide often stunning variegated foliage (purple/pink, green and white), particularly in spring. They are under story trees that typically grows to 30’ tall and from a distance usually project a rose foliage color in spring although the actual variegation is a bit more complicated. Leaves (to 4” long) have prominent parallel veins. Yellowish green flowers bloom in April-May but are not showy.