Name: Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’ aka purple leaf beech, River’s purple European beech, or copper beech
Type of Plant: A very large, deciduous tree for those who have the space. Hardy in Zones 4-7, this tree grows to 40 or 50 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: Is it odd to say that what I love most about this tree is how the emerging leaves look in the spring? Well, that’s the truth. Even if this tree offered nothing more, I’d love it for those magical leaves as the tree breaks dormancy.
A Word to the Wise: Did I mention that this was a very large tree? B-I-G. A tree to fill the average front yard and grow into the driveway and across the street. So plant it responsibly.