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Jun 27, 2013 6:12 PM

I would like to plant one of these tree's.

429016_10150610210166785_573849504_n.jpgCan anyone   please tell me what type of tree this is? It has green leaves and burgandy leaves, in autum summer and winter.

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    Jun 27, 2013 7:49 PM (in response to mags)
    Re: I would like to plant one of these tree's.

    This is a European beech, Fagus sylvatica.

    The common form has green leaves.

    There are several cultivars that have 'Burgundy' foliage, as you put it. They are commonly referred to as copper beeches, Fagus sylvatica Purpurea Group. They are usually propagated by grafting (though they can produce purple-leaved seedlings).

    The tree in your photo was produced by such grafting - except some of the normal, green-leaved, beech has been allowed to grow. So now the tree has branches with leaves of the two colours.

     

    If you want to grow one of these trees - with both colours, you would probably need to graft it yourself, and be careful with your pruning over subsequent decades to encourage both types to grow (otherwise one may suppress the other, or you could accidentally remove one of them entirely!)

     

    I am perplexed by the tree having similar coloured foliage in winter. Young beech trees can retain their dead russet-coloured foliage over winter, but older ones, such as yours, should not.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fagus_sylvatica

     

    Mike

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