(European Beech, Purple Beech)
With its smooth gray bark, elegant deciduous foliage, stately habit, and adaptability, European beech has long been a garden favorite on its native continent and elsewhere. Introduced before 1870, the cultivar 'Riversii' has glossy oval wavy-edged leaves that emerge metallic purple, mature to dark greenish purple by summer, and turn coppery gold in autumn. Inconspicuous flowers in spring give rise to bristly capsules that ripen to tan in late summer and fall. They contain one to three edible nuts...