Fagus sylvatica 'purpurea' - Copper Beech

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Magnoliopsida - Order: Sapindales - Family: Fagaceae

Copper beech tree

Beech trees are attractive throughout the year, and the copper beech, a cultivar, is especially so. Copper Beeches self-seed successfully, and they are to be seen in hedgerows and at the edge of woodland as well as in formal parks and gardens.

Although not particularly abundant in Britain and Ireland, there are some extremely fine specimens of Copper Beech to be seen in central and southern England and Wales, and they are a special delight in springtime, as the leaves turn from olive and pale tan to their summer colour of burnished copper.

Beeches are generally less common further north in Britain.

Copper beech leaves