Purple / Copper Beech Large Trees

Shade Full Sun
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Type Native, Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour

Fagus sylvatica Purpurea (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £89.94Out of Stock £74.94Out of Stock £69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
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Beech, Copper / Purple - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Fagus sylvatica Purpurea: Purple / Copper Beech, Standard Size Trees

The Copper or Purple Beech tree, Fagus sylvatica Purpurea, is a natural variation of Green Beech with copper coloured young leaves that darken to dark purple, and the autumn colour has a richer orange hue. It is not quite as big as green beech and grows more slowly, but mature specimens are just as impressive and, being the largest trees with purple leaves found in Britain, are still only suitable for a large garden.
Purple beech is loveliest in the spring, with its fresh copper-bronze leaves shine against the pale grey bark. Some people consider it sombre and cheerless in midsummer, when its leaves turn purple-black. We don't really agree with that evaluation, as long as you plant it in full sun to encourage the richest leaf colour and to show off the tree to its best advantage.

Purple Beech trees can reach 25-30 metres.

Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Copper Beech saplings.
Browse our variety of beech trees or our range of garden trees.


  • Glorious spring and autumn colour
  • Deep purple summer foliage
  • Needs full sun & good drainage. Likes chalk
  • Good source of pollen & honeydew for bees
  • To 25-30 metres

Growing Purple Beech Trees

It is suitable for any soil type as long as the drainage is good, including chalk, and it should be planted in full sun. Although Copper Beech will tolerate some shade, the leaves will be less purple if planted in partial shade and if the tree does not get enough sun, its leaves will revert to green. It likes heavy clay on slopes, hilltops and other areas that shed, rather than collect, water in winter.

Did You Know?

Common green beech trees naturally produce the occasional purple-leaved seedling, which can vary from still quite greenish to dark purple-nearly-black; these seedlings have been bred together to produce the modern varieties of garden copper beech. Our copper beech standards are reproduced by grafting from the best specimens, to ensure a rich, reliable leaf colour.
Because of this variation among and between cultivated and wild copper beech, it is classified variously as Fagus sylvatica Purpurea, atropurpurea, cuprea or atropunicea, and for simplicity the RHS opts for the term Atropurpurea Group.

The small, wind pollinated flowers aren't noticeable, but bees love the pollen. The woolly beech aphid makes honeydew and is favoured by bumble and solitary bees, perhaps because there are fewer ants to guard them high up in the canopy.

The seeds are small nuts, known as mast, which are great food for wildlife and pigs, but toxic to horses and dogs in some quantity: one or two nuts won't do any harm. They were eaten by people as a hard times food.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

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    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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