Common Beech, European Beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii'

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fagus (FAG-us) (Info)
Species: sylvatica (sil-VAT-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Riversii

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Deciduous

Dark/Black

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oxford, Connecticut

South Windsor, Connecticut

Dracut, Massachusetts

Cincinnati, Ohio

Middletown, Ohio

Bainbridge Island, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Apr 2, 2015, jjh422d from South Windsor, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Actually I was hoping hear of others' experiences.

I was fortunate enough to spot a couple of beautiful of "Rivers European Purple" Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii') on clearance at a local nursery back in September 2013. I have always been a fan of beech trees, so I brought them home and immediately planted them in my backyard well away from the house.

And while I have a pretty decent sized backyard, it was already fairly crowded with trees and shrubs before I added these two new trees. The trees are still small of course and they did not grow noticeably in size last year, but the leaf color was nice.

Right now I am looking forward to another good growing season, but am considering moving one of them to give it a little more space ... read more