Fagus sylvatica Purpurea is a stunning dark purple leaved variety of Common Beech, Fagus sylvatica.
Sometimes wrongly referred to as ‘Copper Beech’, this purple leaved Beech is a cultivar rather than the seedling ‘Copper Beech’ which is variable in leaf colour.
This pretty deep foliaged tree have dark purple red foliage which appears in the spring time and like many other purple leaved specimens, it gradually turns to a dark green-bronze as the summer progresses until it is almost difficult to distinguish it with the Common, Fagus sylvatica.
In autumn the deep bronze foliage turns to a golden brown. Fagus sylvatica Purpurea is a tough tree and will thrive just about anywhere, but does not do well in exposed or coastal conditions.
It is best suited to reasonably fertile and well drained soils but does not perform well on heavy clay or light sand and being a shallow rooted tree we do not recommend under-planting.
This large and majestic tree is one of great beauty and as such is a superb specimen to be planted as a statement in parks and large estates. It is a great choice for creating contrast in the landscape, with its dark colours tending to draw the eye to it, with this in mind it is best planted on the perimeter of a scheme, as if planted to close to the front it is likely that specimens planted beyond it will be overlooked.
Mature height: 20m+
|Species||:||Fagus sylvatica Purpurea|
|Common Name(s)||:||Beech, Copper Beech, Purple Beech|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree Features||:||Autumn Colour, Red/Purple Foliage|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Autumn Interest|
|Soil Type||:||Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Alkaline Soil, Chalk Soil, Dry Soil|
|Mature Size||:||Large (over 20m)|
|Tree uses||:||Hedging Trees, Sheltered Sites, Woodland Sites, Garden, Light Sandy Sites, Avenue Trees, Parkland Trees, Screening Trees|
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