|This is a spreading tree, with elliptic, wavy edged leaves. It can reach 90 feet but seldom does. Leaves are pale green in spring, turning dark and glossy as summer progresses and with fall turns yellow and orange. This tree's bark is smooth and silvery. Can grow in a wide variety of soils, but salty soil stunts growth. Many cultivars available with wide ranging forms. Atropunicea is the Copper or Purple Beech, having copper new foliage turning purplish.