Memorial Union Trail

Purpleleaf Beech – Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’

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A cultivar of European Beech with leaves that are a coppery-purple color when young, and purple-

maroon when mature. With the heat of summer this colorful foliage often fades to greenish-purple.

The mature height is 60 to 100 feet and the tree can live for 300 and more years. The smooth gray

bark adds winter interest.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’