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Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii'

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FA-gus sil-VAT-i-ka ri-VERZ-ee-ee
Description

European Beech 'Riversii' is a cultivar with large, glossy purple leaves that turn striking copper in the fall.  This cultivar is the most purple of all the beeches and even retains its purple color into the summer.  It makes a great shade tree, screen, or a specimen but be sure to have room for its mature size of 50 feet - 60 feet tall and 40 feet -50 feet wide. 

Plant in the full sun to partial shade in well-drained soils.  It is not picky about soil pH or soil type growing in sand, clay or loam but it will not tolerate wet, poorly drained soils and sometimes struggles in urban environments.  Very little pruning is needed to maintain an attractive shape in the is densely crowned tree.   Heat and drought can be very hard on this tree.  Its beautiful smooth gray barks makes for interest in the winter landscape.  This tree does tolerate browsing by deer. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.  Aphids, Japanese beetles, and caterpillars can be insect pests.  Trees under stress can be attacked by borers or beech scale.  Cankers, powdery mildew, and beach bark diseases are occasional diseases.  

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#shade tree#interesting bark#specimen#purple leaves#showy leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#year-round interest#deer resistant#glossy leaves#screening#deciduous tree#fall color orange
 
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#shade tree#interesting bark#specimen#purple leaves#showy leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#year-round interest#deer resistant#glossy leaves#screening#deciduous tree#fall color orange
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Fagus
    Species:
    sylvatica
    Family:
    Fagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    Triangular nuts surrounded by spiny bracts. Nuts are edible.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Insignificant
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Monecious, yellow-green flowers bloom from April-May. Female flowers are short spikes, male flowers are long-stemmed drooping round clusters.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    5" long glossy leaves with wavy mostly smooth-margined that start out deep purple in the spring, turn green-purple in the summer and copper orange in the fall. The veins are prominent and parallel.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Smooth pale gray bark makes for excellent winter interest.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Screen/Privacy
    Shade Tree
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer