A small Beech tree in our yard was almost completely girdled last winter. As a result, there was almost no new growth this summer, although the leader grew a good foot all at once. For some reason, it drooped over until it 'wept'. By the time we noticed, the first inch or so had already begun to thicken, so even though we staked it, there is still a crook in the trunk. We thought this was a normal European Beech, but could it be a weeping beech? The other twigs are too small and stiff to tell. In this picture, I unstaked it for the moment. In the past few weeks, the branch has stiffened so it is only crooked. One of the leaves.