Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' at Cathays Cemetery

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Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea'
mid May 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' 1

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea'
late June 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' 2

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea'
mid November 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' 3

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' all leaves dropped (a few brambles can be seen growing)
early December 2021

Grid reference ST 18096 78646
Common name Contorted purple European beech
Common name Parasol beech
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status GB Champion 2021
Map section Q
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 3M May 2021
Girth 84cm @ 0.3M May 2021
Reference 697

This tree is approximately 130M south west of the chapels.

By early November 2021 the tree still had the majority of its leaves, although there was some evidence of Autumn colour appearing

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' bark

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' bark
late May 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' foliage1

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' leaves
mid May 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' leaf1

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' new leaves & catkins
mid May 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' foliage2

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' branch with leaves
late May 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' leaf2

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' underside of leaf
late May 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' foliage3

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea'
late June 2021

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' leaf3

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' new leaves
late June 2021

General tree description for Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea'

Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' is a purple-leaved form of Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’, a low wide-spreading tree, with twisted branches drooping at the extremities

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.