Dense, round crown. Smooth, silvery-gray trunk that is low branching with new growth that has thin, zig-zagging branches. Leaves emerge glossy and coppery-purple then change to a dark green with purple hues over the growing season. Fall foliage is a golden copper and some of the glossy papery bronze leaves may remain on the tree through the winter. Slow growing, large tree to 50-70 ft. tall and 40 ft. wide. Use for windbreak, hedges and to provide shade. Purple Beech is an elegant ornamental that will add an unusual focal point in the landscape. Healthier in well-drained, loose, moist soils. Better colors in full sun. Can also be called Copper Beech. Zone 4-7.
A columnar reddish-purple leaved beech. Slow growth habit and narrow form makes it ideal for smaller residential landscapes while also a striking vertical accent or specimen in most any setting, growing to 40 ft. by only 5 ft. wide. New leaves are vivid pink and red then darkening to a deep burgundy. The leaves of Red Obelisk Beech may even appear curly or wavy. Brilliant fall color, papery copper leaves that remain on the branches and smooth silver bark adds attractive winter interest. Zone 4-7.