At least in our area around Portland, I don't know if there is any tree that I would rate as highly as a beech tree for landscaping. Even planted 3 purple leaf beech for ourselves last month just after we bought our new home. The past weeks, I've been in the nicer part of NE Portland where homes date back to the early 1900s, and some of the beech trees are awesome looking right now. Saw a beautiful purple one across the street from some hornbeams I was pruning two days ago. And on NE 28th today, I stopped to look at this very nice green one. It was behind a fence, but I'm guessing 48" DBH. Interesting branches. Beech is definitely at the apex of my list.