Plants for Summer: Trees
Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea'
Common name: Purple Beech Tree
Zones of hardiness: 5 to 7
Height & width: 50-60 feet high; 30-40 spread
Leaves: 4" in length; glossy and reflective, lighter underside
From a distance, the leaves of a Purple Beech Tree are a prune color, giving a perfect illustration of photosynthesis at work. Up-close, the leaves are an olive green shade especially on the underside. The tree provides a tremendous source of shade, as its arching branch system give ample coverage. Colossal in its stature, Purple Beech can be used as a focal piece in a large landscape or several can be planted for a type of sturdy hedging.