Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii is often considered the best purple Beech clone and has some of the darkest foliage of the Fagus family. The large leaves begin red and turn to a deep, almost black purple when planted in full sun. The foliage then turns bronze, red and gold in the autumn.
The tree itself is broadly spreading, reaching 10 x 6 metres in 20 years but can be kept smaller by pruning if desired. This stunning purple leaved Beech tree is tolerant of exposure and will grow in most soils except wet. Where the space is available, 'Riversii' makes an astonishing grand looking feature.
Common Name: Copper/Purple Beech
Latin Name: Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii'
Soil: Fertile, well-drained
Position: Full sun, partial shade.
Hardiness: Very hardy
Eventual height/spread: 10/6m
Special features: The perfect specimen tree for where space permits with its rich dark purple foliage and supreme stature.