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Fagus sylvatica Purpurea Group (Copper beech)

Kingdom:  Plantae
(unranked):  Angiosperms
(unranked):  Eudicots
(unranked):  Rosids
Order:  Fagales
Family:  Fagaceae
Genus:  Fagus
Species: F. sylvatica
Binomial name:  Fagus sylvatica
Cultivar: Fagus sylvatica Purpurea Group
Common names: Copper beech

Beech trees (Fagus spp.) are a small group of long-lived, deciduous, hardwoods found in the temperate forests of the world.  Fagus sp. have an upright growth habit with an open pyramidal form when young that develops into a rounded canopy with age. They are slow growing and many decades can reach a height of up to 50 metres.
The Copper beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea Group) have leaves that are a bright copper colour that turns a deep green by mid-summer.

An ornamental cultivar of the European Beech, Fagus sylvatica photographed October at Tupare Gardens, New Plymouth.