Symbolism  Beech trees can grow in many different conditions, provided the soil drains properly. While the beech tree is a slow grower, its longevity and sturdiness will outweigh the inconvenience of waiting for it to flourish. Sun: Barbara Gillette is a Master Gardener, Herbalist, beekeeper, and journalist with decades of experience propagating and growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and ornamentals. Five Common Varieties of Beech Trees American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) Tri-Color Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Tricolor' or F. sylvatica 'Roseo-Marginata' ) Japanese Beech (Fagus crenata) You can read more about tree symbolism by visiting Mature Spread: Touch Games  --> Leaves: The American Beech falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees The "mast" of a beech tree refers to the nuts which were traditionally used for pig food. Also known as Buna or Siebold's beech, this tree has a widely variable growth rate and has been known to exceed 200 feet.