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Copper Beech Tree
Oldest on Record
Purple in autumn
Copper Beech Trees: A Field Guide
A cousin of European beech, copper beech is a statement tree in a landscape and may reach heights of more than 120 feet if given sufficient space and centuries.
Since first being recorded in 15th-century Germany, copper beech also has made itself known as an ensemble performer, and can be grown as hedging in a smaller space. Be warned, though, that its purplish leaves are not universally admired as a backdrop. The great 20th-century landscaper Russell Page wrote in his classic
: “Nothing destroys the harmony of a garden more than the dark blotch of a copper beech.” We respectfully disagree. The Education of a Gardener
Planting, Care & Design of Copper Beech