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Fagus sylvatica (copper beech)

Copper beech trees can be propagated by grafting to maintain the colour of the leaves.
Copper beech tree at Kew Gardens

Copper beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea') at Kew Gardens

Species information

Scientific name: 

Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea'

Common name: 

copper beech (synonym: Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea')

Conservation status: 

IUCN status of Least Concern (LC)

Habitat: 

Woodland, often on chalky soil.

Known hazards: 

None known

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fagales
Family: 
Fagaceae
Genus: Fagus

About this species

Copper beeches first appeared as mutants independently in different parts of Europe and were already known in Germany before 1488. Today this tree is planted extensively in parks and gardens, and whilst admired by some, others find the copper beech's dark purple leaves an unattractive and depressing addition to the landscape.

Synonym: 

Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'

Genus: 
Fagus

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