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Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' Tree

Purple Fastigiate Beech Trees
  • From £54.99 (ex VAT)
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A fastigiate form of the common beech, this tree offers red foliage in the spring that turns a beautiful deep purple in the summer and then brown in the autumn. Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' is a beautiful neatly shaped slender tree that grows to just 10 x 3 metres in 20 years, making it ideal for many gardens, whether as a focal point or for a formal avenue.

'Dawyck Purple' is named after the Dawyck Botanic Garden, although is more commonly known as Purple Fastigiate. This purple upright beech tree will tolerate most soils and exposed conditions, but avoid wet positions. Plant in full sun for the very best colour.

For a golden leaved form see Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Gold’ or view all Beech trees.

AKA Purple Fastigiate beech, Purple Upright beech, Purple Columnar beech, Fagus Sylvatica Dawyck Purple

  • Common name: Purple Fastigiate Beech Tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 3 metres
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Red foliage turns deep purple in summer, before brown in autumn
  • Soil: Will tolerate most soils but avoid wet positions if possible

Planting Advice for Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purple

Our pot grown Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purple can be planted at any time of the year. To prepare the planting site, start by removing  all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as the root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole.

To help Beech trees establish effectively, sprinkle rootgrow into the planting hole especially if the soil is poor. Gently loosen the roots and place into the hole. Mix 50% of the original soil and 50% compost. Use this to fill in the hole and firm around gently, taking care not to bank it up around the collar of the tree. If your area is prone to rabbits, we advise using a rabbit guard. Finally, add a stake and tie - to see how visit the help and advice section.

Aftercare of Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purple

If you’re planting Purple Beech in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may not need to water them as much. Beech trees have shallow roots so applying a mulch will help to lock in moisture. We also stock a range of irrigation kits to aid watering.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first few growing seasons. Installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass as this will encourage it to grow more vigorously.

Pruning Advice for Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purple

Upright Beech trees do not require much pruning. Remove damaged or diseased branches and take care to maintain an even framework - step back and assess your work. It is best to prune when the tree is in leaf or just after leaf fall to prevent bleeding, which although it is not detrimental, can look unsightly.

Covid-19: In response to government advice and for the safety of everyone, we have taken the difficult decision to stop nursery operations until mid-April.

It will still be possible to place new orders through our website and your  trees will be tagged and reserved for you, but we will be unable to despatch  them until operations resume.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' Form: Feathered Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' Price £169.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot £169.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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