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Fagus sylvatica purpurea Tree

Purple Beech Trees
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  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

Fagus sylvatica purpurea is a large, rounded, spreading tree boasting red foliage in the spring that turns deep purple/green in summer and then bronzed for autumn. Small fruits, known as beech mast, are produced in the autumn and are popular with deer and squirrels. This delightful beech tree with smooth, grey bark will grow to an estimated height and spread of 10 x 6 metres in 20 years.

This Purple Beech tree is suited to all but wet soils, and can tolerate exposed sites. Fagus sylvatica purpurea is often used as a hedging plant as it holds its brown winter foliage, sometimes until new leaves emerge, making it ideal for year round screening. Plant in full sun for the very best colour.

AKA Purple beech, Copper beech, Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea

  • Common name: Purple beech tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 metres
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Red foliage in the spring, turning deep purple in summer and then adopting a bronze tint in the autumn
  • Soil: Suited to all but very wet soils

Planting Advice for Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea trees

When planting beech trees, such as Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown beech trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your 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 your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. Beech trees have shallow roots so applying a mulch will help to lock in moisture. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Purple Beech trees

Similarly to many of our ornamental trees, beech trees do not require a lot of pruning. Remove any damaged or diseased branches when the tree is in leaf or just after leaf fall. This will prevent bleeding, which although it is not detrimental, can look unsightly. When pruning, make sure to maintain an even framework, step back and assess your work and prune proportionately.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). 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.

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.

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. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

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 purpurea Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Fagus sylvatica purpurea Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica purpurea Form: Feathered Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot Fagus sylvatica purpurea Price £159.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot £159.99 (ex VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica purpurea Form: Feathered Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Fagus sylvatica purpurea Price £179.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £179.99 (ex VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica purpurea Form: Feathered Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Fagus sylvatica purpurea Price £229.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £229.99 (ex VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica purpurea Form: Feathered Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Fagus sylvatica purpurea Price £249.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £249.99 (ex VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica purpurea Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Fagus sylvatica purpurea Price £249.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £249.99 (ex VAT)
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