Beeches: Tri-colored beech turning dark colours

Discussion in 'Fagaceae (beeches, oaks, etc.)' started by jschurz, May 27, 2006.

  1. jschurz

    jschurz Member

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    I too have a tri-color beech and I just noticed a few of the leaves are turning a deep purple, almost black. I guess it is reverting but I can't see my self cutting off the branches! I wonder if they all do this reverting thing because i have another tri color and it is still the spectacular tri colors
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    What you have is the common 'Purpurea Tricolor' ('Roseomarginata'), thus the purple-pink-white combo. (Extremely rare, perhaps even extinct 'Tricolor' has no purple coloring). I have seen tall specimens that were still true-to-type (although the white often diminishes rather soon after planting, much to the consternation and bafflement of many). So, no, I wouldn't say it is usual for all-purple branches to appear.

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