Purple & Copper Beech Trees

Key Data
Area Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Alkaline/Chalky
Type Native, Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour

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12 Month

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8 std Bareroot Plenty of Stock£46.95Plenty of Stock£39.95Plenty of Stock£35.95
8/10 std Bareroot Plenty of Stock£69.95Plenty of Stock£59.95Plenty of Stock£49.95

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Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea

The Copper or Purple Beech tree, Fagus sylvatica Purpurea, is a natural variety of Green Beech with copper coloured young leaves that darken to purple-black. It is not quite as big as green beech and grows more slowly, but it is still only suitable for a large garden. Copper beech is suitable for any soil type as long as the drainage is good, including chalk, and it should be planted in full sun.
Purple Beech trees should reach a height of not more than 30 metres.
Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Purple Beech saplings here.

Browse our variety of beech trees or see our full range of garden trees.

How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

General description of Copper Beech trees:
Copper beech is the largest tree with purple leaves found in Britain. It's not quite as big as green beech, but mature specimens are just as impressive and the autumn colour has a richer orange hue to it. The small flowers aren't very noticeable and are pollinated by the wind. The seeds are small nuts, known as mast. These are great food for pigs, but horses should not be allowed to eat them.
Copper beech is lovliest in the spring, with its fresh copper-bronze leaves shine against the pale grey bark. It considered by some people to be a sombre, cheerless looking tree in midsummer, when its leaves turn purple-black in colour. While we don't really agree with that evaluation, we do recommend that you plant copper beech trees in full sun. This will both encourage the richest leaf colour and show off the tree to its best advantage.

History & uses of Fagus sylvatica Purpurea
Common green beech trees naturally produce the occasional purple-leaved seedling; these seedlings have been bred together to produce the modern varieties of copper beech. Our copper beech standards are reproduced by grafting from the best specimens, to ensure a rich, reliable leaf colour.
Copper or Purple Beech is listed variously in some books as Fagus sylvatica purpurea, atropurpurea or atropunicea. They are all the same tree.

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I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much. I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months. Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
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