A low-branching tree with a spreading spherical crown. Height 10 - 15 m. The soft bark is smooth and grey. The obovate and shiny leaf is 5 - 12 cm in size, slightly larger than of the species. It also unfolds a little bit earlier than the species. The leaf is bright yellow to golden yellow at first, later it turns to yellow green. It also has a yellow-green autumn colour. 'Zlatia' has an inconspicuous inflorescence, in autumn followed by 1 - 2 cm large nuts in a bristled husk. Only at a mature age will it bear profusely. 'Zlatia' is applied as a park tree and as a solitary. Requires not too wet, well-drained soil, rich in humus content. Moderate wind resistance. 'Zlatia' was found in a wood near Vranja, Serbia, in 1890 and introduced by Späth a year later. 'Zlatia' is Serbian for gold.
Fagus sylvatica 'Zlatia' produces branches low down and goes on to form a broad crown.
It is one of the earliest beeches to produce leaves.