The Great Tree in Lothlórien illustrated by Ted Nasmith

‘There lie the woods of Lothlórien!’ said Legolas, ‘That is the fairest of all the dwellings of my people. There are no trees like the trees of that land. For in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold. Not till the spring comes and the new green opens do they fall, and then the boughs are laden with yellow flowers; and the floor of the wood is golden, and golden is the roof, and its pillars are of silver, for the bark of the trees is smooth and grey.’

~ The Fellowship of the Ring,
~ Lothlórien

Have you ever wanted to live in Lothlórien? Now you can be one step closer to having your own part of the Golden Wood. The beech tree is very similar to a Mallorn. It has smooth, grey bark and in the winter, the leaves stay on the trees, and have a golden color. It has low branches, so you can even build a flet on it if you want to!

Some basic info …

Height … Both American and European beeches grow to 50 – 60 ft.

Spread … 40 – 70 ft.

Leaves … Glossy green leaves, are about three inches wide and are oval shaped with a point at the end. Turn gold colored in the fall and do not fall off until winter.

Seeds … There are one to three nuts inside a bur.

Bark … Smooth and grey

Growth … Slow to Medium. Grows less than 12 inches a year.

Other … Lives in full sun and various soils

I hope this information will help you if you want to make your very own Lothlórien! More detailed information can be found at various horticulture websites.

~ Celebnor