Beech – Fagus sylvatica Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Beech Botanical Name: Fagus sylvatica, FAY-gus sil-VAT-i-ca Decorative Life: 5-7 days. Availability: Spring, Summer Family Roots: Member of the Fagaceae (beech) family. Native to Europe. Two common relatives are chestnut and oak. Personality: Egg-shaped purple leaves with prominent veins to 4 inches long occur on woody stems. Plant is a deciduous tree, classed as a dicotyledon. Storage Specifics: 36-41F. Tidbits: Specific epithet name “sylvatica” means “of woods”. Variety ‘Atropunicea’ is the copper beech with purple leaves.