Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'
Common name: 
Purpleleaf European Beech,
Copperleaf European Beech
Family: 
Fagaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
‘Atropurpurea’,
‘Cuprea’
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Purple leaf clone of Fagus sylvatica.  Upon emergence, leaves are very purple but they become more green during the growing season.  The purple leaf characteristic has been found several times in the wild and there are several purple leaf cultivars.  The leaves of 'Cuprea', Copper Beech, are reportedly somewhat paler than those of the true Purple Beech (Dirr, 1998, p. 371).
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: On Orchard St., north side of Withycombe parking lot.
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  • flowers and emerging leaves

    flowers and emerging leaves

  • plant habit, spring

    plant habit, spring

  • leaves (May), comparison with species

    leaves (May), comparison with species

  • leaves and fruit, May

    leaves and fruit, May

  • leaves, August

    leaves, August

  • leaves (August), comparison with species

    leaves (August), comparison with species

  • plant habit and leaves,fall

    plant habit and leaves,fall