copper purple beech hedge

Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropurpurea’

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This purple-leaved form of the European beech tolerates a wider range of soils than the American Beech (Fagus grandifolia). Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group is a particular strain of seedlings that have deep purple coloration instead of the green typical of the species; seedlings with this unique attribute are considered to be a form of the European beech known as the Atropurpurea group. This group includes a variety of purple-leaved European beech trees with many different leaf colors, from pale purple with tints of green to bronze-purple and even a dark purple that is nearly black. As a low-branched deciduous tree, Copper beech works well as a hedge with regular pruning.

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In summer, the dark purple-green foliage is highlighted with a second push of ruddy new growth.


European beech (Fagus sylvatica) foliage in autumn.


In summer, the dark purple-green foliage is highlighted with a second push of ruddy new growth.

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European Beech Growing Conditions

    Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Details

    European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is native to the woodlands of southern and central Europe. It was brought to America in the middle of the 18th century and it has been a popular ornamental shade tree ever since. Purple beech, or Copper beech, is the deep purple colored seedlings that are selected from European Beech seedlings. When planted as a hedge, the result is a dramatic, colorful, and stunning.

    Deer Resistance:YES
    Your Hardiness Zone:

    Sunset Heat Zones:1 - 9 and 14 - 24
    USDA Hardiness Zones:4 - 7
    Watering Requirements:Moderate
    Growth Rate:Moderate
    Mature Size:Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
    Sun/Shade:Full Sun
    Drought Tolerance:Moderate
    Pest/Disease Issues:
    No serious insect or disease problems. Beech scale is an occasional problem.

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