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Purple Fountain European Beech

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Scientific Name: Fagus sylvatica ‘Purple Fountain’

Order: Fagales

Family: Fagaceae

Type: Tree

Endangered Status: n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo: 1


Purple Fountain European beech has a weeping form and dense, dramatic dark-purple foliage that turn bronze in the fall and provides cover for birds and small mammals. This slow-growing cultivar can be grown as a single specimen or as an accent among other plants in full sun to partial shade. The seeds produced by beech trees are called beechnut and are a key food source for wildlife.

Native Range
From cultivation; species native to Europe

USDA Hardiness Zone
4–7

Average Mature Height
25 feet

Flower Color
Yellow-green

Flowering Months
April–May

Supports
Birds

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