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Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Tree

Purple Beech 'Riversii' Trees
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Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' is often considered the best purple Beech clone and has some of the darkest foliage of the Fagus family. The large leaves begin red and turn to a deep, almost black purple when planted in full sun. The foliage then turns bronze, red and gold in the autumn.

The tree itself is broadly spreading, reaching 10 x 6 metres in 20 years but can be kept smaller by pruning if desired. This stunning purple leaved Beech tree is tolerant of exposure and will grow in most soils except wet. Where the space is available,  'Rivers Purple' makes an astonishing grand looking feature.

AKA Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii' Rivers Purple beech, Dark Purple beech,

  • Common name: Purple Beech 'Riversii' tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 metres
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Environmental benefits: Good carbon storage, wildlife haven
  • Foliage: Red in spring, black-purple in summer, golden-bronze in autumn
  • Soil: Grows well in all but very wet soils
  • Position: Full sun to part shade

Planting Advice for Fagus sylvatica Rivers Purple

Our pot grown Fagus sylvatica Riversii 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 Mycorrhizal fungi 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 Rivers 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 Rivers Purple

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.

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
We will always try to get your plants to you as quickly as possible.  For many of our trees and plants, if you order today we will despatch your order within 24 hours.  We are constantly adding to our range of next day plants, and we do not add a surcharge for this service. Click here to see our next day delivery plants.

Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

Pre-orders
We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections
Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied 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. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

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

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

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

Multi Stem tree: 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 give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a 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.

 

Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Form: Single stem tree Size: 120-150cm Root type: 7.5L pot* Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Price £75 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 120-150cm 7.5L pot* £75 (inc VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot* Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Price £230 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot* £230 (inc VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot* Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Price £270 (inc VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot* £270 (inc VAT)
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Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot* Fagus sylvatica 'Rivers Purple' Price £305 (inc VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot* £305 (inc VAT)
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Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
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