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Scientific Name: Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'
Pronunciation: FAY-gus sil-VAT-ih-kuh
Common Name: weeping copper beech
Family Name: Fagaceae
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Key ID Features: Grafted with pendulous branches (form is umbrella or mushroom-like); leaves emerge purple in spring, fading to green-purple in summer. Leaves alternate, ovate-elliptic with undulating margin and prominent veins. Winter ID: elliptical buds >1 cm long x 3 mm wide, pointed, spear-like, divergent, brown; bark smooth, silver-grey, with a horizontal pattern (like an elephant's leg).
Course(s): not used (off campus)

Habit: Dense, Pendulous
Form: Weeping
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:2 - 3m
Spread:2 - 3m
Growth Rate:Slow
Origin: Europe, Garden origin
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Small garden/space, Specimen plant
Additional Info: Google
weeping copper beech
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Heavily veined, Pinnate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Lustrous
Colour in Fall: Brown
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Acute
Margins: Ciliate, Undulate (wavy)

Inflorescence Type: Flowers solitary
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Not showy, Dark-red
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Apr, May

Fruit Type: Nut
Fruit Colour: Green, Brown
Fruiting Time: Oct, Nov
Additional Info: Not showy, Accessory tissue, 3-angled nuts from compound ovary enclosed in prickly bracts that split open like a capsule

Bark Morphology: Smooth
Bark or Stem Colour: Grey, Brown
Leaf Scar Shape:U-shaped
Organ Modifications: Ectomycorrhizal with species of Amanita, Boletus, Cantharellus, Hebeloma and Lactarius.

Propagation: Greenwood cuttings, Grafting
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant
Specific Pests: wood rot; bracket fungi
(NCA) Not Currently Available : not used
(SGL) Sendell Gardens, Langley
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