Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'
Description: A beautiful large deciduous tree with a densely pyramidal to rounded spreading crown. Red foliage appears in the spring that turns deep purple/green in summer and then bronzed for autumn. Small fruits, are produced in the autumn and are popular with deer and squirrels. Makes a great alternative to an evergreen hedge, as its foliage turns copper and then crispy brown in the winter, hanging on until new foliage emerges in spring.
History: The Purple Beech appears to have been observed growing naturally in at least three places: in the Hanleiter Forest,near Sonderhausen, Thuringia. In the Darney Forest, in the Vosges. And in the village of Buchs, Zurich, Switzerland. The last is the oldest recorded site of the Purple Beech from a work dated 1680. Most of the trees in cultivation are considered to have sprung from the Hanleiter tree.
Fagus Growing Tips: They will grow in most soils provided they are not waterlogged, and will tolerate most sites except coastal. They prefer full sun or partial shade.
Height and Spread (after 20 years): 10m x 6m