Plant Family / Fagus - Beeches
Fagus are magnificent deciduous trees noted for their smooth silvery-gray bark, ovate leaves warming up to rich russet and golden shades in the fall. Their inconspicuous flowers are followed by bristly fruits which ripen in the fall and are edible. Easy to grow, Beeches make superb shade trees or specimen trees in large landscapes.
Native to eastern North America, grandifolia (American Beech) is a magnificent, large, deciduous tree adorned with a short trunk and a dense, wide-spreading crown. Its foliage of ovate to elliptic, coarsely serrated, lustrous dark green leaves (5 in. long or 12 cm) turns rich russet and golden colors in the fall and holds on most of the winter.
A strong vertical element in the landscape, Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' (European Beech) is a magnificent, medium-sized, deciduous tree of columnar habit with broadly elliptic, lustrous, dark purple leaves. They emerge deep reddish-purple in spring and darken to burgundy purple as the season progresses.
Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula' (European Beech) is a beautiful, large, deciduous tree forming either a broad crown with spreading main branches and drooping side branches, or more upright with steeply drooping branches. Without staking to establish a vertical trunk, it will grow wide rather than high.
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Tricolor' (European Beech) is a beautiful, small, deciduous tree noted for its striking variegated foliage. The leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm), emerge purple with pink margins in spring, mature to dark bronze-green with pinkish white margins as the season progresses. They finally turn bronze-gold in the fall.
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' (European Beech) is a beautiful, large, deciduous tree with a densely pyramidal to rounded-spreading crown. Its foliage of broadly elliptic, lustrous, coppery to deep purple leaves, turns copper-red in the fall. Branching to the ground, its smooth, gray bark is truly stunning in the winter landscape.
Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii' (European Beech) is a magnificent, deciduous tree adorned with a dense, broad crown. The foliage of large, broadly elliptic, lustrous leaves, up to 5 in. long (12 cm), emerges deep purple in spring, fades to purple green in summer, before turning copper in the fall.
Sturdy and majestic, Fagus sylvatica 'Rohanii' (European Beech) is a beautiful, large, deciduous tree with a dense, pyramidal crown adorned with gracefully ascending branches. Its foliage of oval, wavy margined, deeply cut leaves emerges bronze-purple in spring, matures to deep red-purple, sometimes tinged with green and brown, before turning orange-brown in the fall.
Native to central and southern Europe, Fagus sylvatica (European Beech) is a beautiful, large, deciduous tree with a densely pyramidal to rounded-spreading crown. Its foliage of broadly elliptic, lustrous leaves (4 in. long or 10 cm), is pale green when young, dark green when mature and turns rich russet and golden brown colors in the fall.
Noted for its delicate, fine-textured form, Fagus sylvatica var. heterophylla 'Aspleniifolia' (Fern-Leaved Beech) is a magnificent, deciduous tree of densely pyramidal habit when young, developing a broad open crown with age. The foliage of long and narrow leaves is gracefully cut into pointed lobes, giving a soft, fern-like texture.