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Copper Beech

Fagus sylvatica purpurea

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Fagaceae (Beech)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Male and female yellowish-green catkins grow together on the same tree. Male catkins dangle loosely from stalks at the end of twigs. Female catkins exist in pairs and are surrounded by a cup, later turning into beech nuts in autumn. Flowers only appear on mature trees.
Fruit:
The brown nuts are called 'beech mast' and are 3-sided with a tough outer casing that is bristly on the outside.
Leaves:
Deciduous. Pointed leaf buds. Oval and hairless, up to 9cm long, pale to deep purple.
Maximum Size:
40 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The nuts are edible, and the leaves can be eaten too.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Purple Beech.
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland, towns, woodland.