Purple fountain European beech

Purple Fountain European Beech

Scientific Name

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purple Fountain’

Order

Fagales

Family

Fagaceae

Type

Tree

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

1

Purple fountain European beech

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Physical Description

Purple Fountain European beech has a weeping form and dense, dramatic dark-purple foliage that turn bronze in the fall and provides cover for birds and small mammals. This slow-growing cultivar can be grown as a single specimen or as an accent among other plants in full sun to partial shade. The seeds produced by beech trees are called beechnut and are a key food source for wildlife.

Native Range

From cultivation; species native to Europe

USDA Hardiness Zone

4–7

Average Mature Height

25 feet

Flower Color

Yellow-green

Flowering Months

April–May

Supports

Birds

Yellow flowers

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In 2019, Lincoln Park Zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the more than 330 species of trees, shrubs, and woody plants represented across the 49-acre park.