July 2013 Foliage Follow-up: Black Beauty

There is something about the summer blue sky here in Portland that brings out the depth of rich, dark purple-black color in these beech tree leaves.

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I know, this tree (actually three of them on this lot) is not in the most picturesque spot, but the rugged urban surroundings at NE 15th and Alberta Street make it stand out all the more.

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The dark leaves almost match the black car body behind it.

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The purple tones show up more against a red background.

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There are so many European beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) cultivars, and I have no idea which one this might be.  My first guess was Fagus sylvatica ‘Black swan’ based on the foliage color, but the tree doesn’t seem to have the right overall weeping habit.  Please comment if you know this tree, thanks!

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For more foliage fun, click over to host Pam Penick’s blog, Digging.

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3 Responses to July 2013 Foliage Follow-up: Black Beauty

  1. Pam/Digging says:

    Those dark leaves are so dramatic, and so unlike anything we have down here in Austin. Our foliage tends to be more silver or gray so as to reflect the heat. Viva la difference!

  2. Ricki Grady says:

    So beautiful with the red…I must remember that.

  3. I love the shot with the leaves poking through the chain link, great capture!

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