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JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
FAGUS sylvatica f. purpurea
Copper Beech, European Beech, Purple Beech
The copper beech is a stately slow-growing deciduous tree native to central Europe eastward into the Caucus Mountains. Bronze-purple leaves emerge in the spring and become a lustrous muted purple by summer and then a rich coppery-bronze in autumn.
This magnificent specimen tree with its smooth silver-gray bark is an excellent choice for use in large open areas. Adapted to a wide variety of soil types, copper beech performs best in acidic to neutral soils. This stately tree casts heavy shade and its roots linger near the soil surface often resulting in weak turfgrass or other underplantings. Within this natural form purpurea are cultivars 'Riversii', 'Rohanii', 'Purpurea Pendula' and 'Spaethiana' with absolutely amazing foliage colors and shapes.
9 - 4
4 - 7
A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
60'-90' / 18.3m - 27.4m
35'-90' / 10.7m - 27.4m
Early Spring, Spring
Spring, Summer, Fall
Lime Green, Sea Green
Gold, Copper, Bronze
Gray, Silver, Slate Gray
Feature Plant, Shade Trees
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