Fagus sylvatica Riversii or Purple Beech) tree is best known for its striking deep purple leaves that draw attention in any landscape. Its foliage changes to deep reddish brown in autumn before falling. The trunk is a grey-silver in colour and extends far into the tree’s wide, rounded crown; mature trees can have a spread equal to that of its height. Leaves are ovals around 5-10 cm, which slightly curl at the edges. Mature trees produce soft spiky husks that ripen in autumn and enclose beechnuts.
Ideal Conditions: Grows well in most reasonably fertile soil, avoid planting in heavy clay or light sand
Maximum Height: 20+ metres