The Beech in the Eastern States and in Europe is a noble symmetrical tree requiring very little attention and growing in almost any soil which is well drained. Here in California it requires good shelter and a fairly good soil, well drained. It must have abundant moisture, doing well on the border of the lawn or close to a pond or water course.

There are several varieties, the purple-leaved variety appearing to be the best adapted to this climate. It is not advisable to attempt propagation in this State.