"The beeches with white, naked limbs leant close to one another"
Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica)
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Beech (Fagus) is a genus of deciduous trees which includes ten species. The two most commonly found species in the British Isles are the common beech (Fagus sylvatica) and the copper beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea') which is renowned for its purplish-coloured leaves.