Copper vs Purple

Discussion in 'Fagaceae (beeches, oaks, etc.)' started by Ben Stanhope, Dec 3, 2020.

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    Ben Stanhope New Member

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    I have recently been looking to plant a Beech tree with future generations in mind. My preference would be for a beech that displays bright red foliage in autumn. Whilst searching I have come across references to both purple and copper beech trees (Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea/Cuprea Respectively) Are these simply different names for the same thing or is there a distinction?
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good morning Ben and welcome to the forum, you are right in that Cuprea is a synonym. It is one of those very annoying things in the plant world, too many names for the same tree.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    There's dozens of named Copper Beech cultivars; they all - like the wild green species type - turn more-or-less the same orange-brown in autumn. Personally, I'd go for the natural green one, as the copper/purple ones suck all the light out of their surrounds in summer. Of Copper Beech, Mitchell (Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe) says:
    He is of course, completely right ツ
     

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