Fagus sylvatica 'PURPUREA PENDULA'

Fagus sylvatica
Fagus sylvatica 'PURPUREA PENDULA'
weeping copper beech
SIZE/TYPE small tree
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES burgundy red
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Beech is a reliable and hardy tree of our climate. On the market today there are many wild forms and hybridized varieties as well as selections that can satisfy the taste of almost everyone. They can offer various colours of foliage, and sizes from dwarf to extra large.

Purpurea Pendula is a perfect example of a beautiful garden-origin eech. It is a slow growing small tree with a mushroom head of pendent branches, usually grafted from 1.5 to 2m tall. The deciduous leaves are rich purple-black (if grown in full sun) that create a fascinating waterfall of striking colour. In autumn the leaves turn coppery orange and honey yellow with conspicuous red veins. Though being a slow grower its pendent branches grow a little faster than branches of common beech. That is why bigger specimens get more expensive.

It can be clipped or pruned in late winter. Being a grafted small tree it never grows much taller than its grafting point so can fit even a small garden. It will grow in almost any soil type including chalky. For best results in leaf colour plant it in full sun. Fully hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 11-01-2012

  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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