Fagus sylvatica copper beech/European beech Fagaceae FASY*; Bx, cn, pb; NY ct, iw, n; K; R;

   

Fagus sylvatica.purpurea.commons.wikimedia,org. (Accessed 9/2014).

Fagus sylvatica.purpurea.commons.wikimedia,org. (Accessed 9/2014).

Fagus sylvatica is a tree similar to F. grandifolia, bark somewhat darker. 

Leaves alternate, stalk 0.5-1 cm long, blade 5-10 cm long, 4-6 cm wide (Dirr 1990) egg-shaped to elliptic, tip pointed, base broadly wedge-shaped to rounded, margin more wavy, not sharply toothed, veins 5-9 pairs, buds shorter than American beech; ‘Atroponicea’ Copper beech, (leaves dark reddish). 

Flowers like those of F. grandifolia. 

Fruit husk bristly. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in New York City: Infrequent except as a horticultural specimen. 

Origin: Europe: 

Habitat: Rarely escapes from cultivation. 

Notes: Sometimes substituted for American beech by nurseries.