80. Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’ – River’s Purple Beech
Scientific Name: Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’
A cultivar of the European beech, the ‘Riversii’ variety has been selected for it glossy purple leaves. Beechnuts are a great food source for squirrels, chipmunks, and many species of bird. Beechnuts have long been a staple for humanity, as well. They are eaten plane or pressed to create an edible oil. Beech leaves also make a fine salad in the spring. Beech wood is also used in the fermentation process of Budweiser beer. The wood is also burnt and used in many smoked German beers. Young leaves are steeped in gin for several weeks to create beech leaf noyau liqueur. Beech wood has been used as a stock for military rifles when higher cost alternatives are scarce.
DBH: 17.0 inches