|Grid reference||ST 18177 78606|
|Common name||Variegated purple beech|
|Planted||by Malcolm Frazer c.1995|
|Height||6.5M May 2021|
|Girth||78cm @0.3M May 2021|
This tree is south west of the chapels.
General tree description for Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Tricolor'
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Tricolor' is a cultivar of the Common beech, Fagus sylvatica. It has purple leaves edged with an irregular pale pink border.
General tree description for Fagus sylvatica
Fagus sylvatica, the Common or European beech, is a large tree, up to 40 metres tall, with smooth, silver-grey bark. Typically it has a long straight trunk supporting a huge dome and dense foliage. The leaves are up to 10cm long, oval or obovate, with a wavy margin and small irregular teeth. They emerge fresh green, becoming darker and shiny above, pale and shiny underneath, and in autumn turning a golden copper colour. Yellow-green flowers come with the leaves in early May. The male flowers are catkins, while the female flowers come in pairs of short spikes enclosed in a cup. They produce the beechnuts, small triangular nuts in spiky husks.