Purple Beech (Fagus syl. Purpurea) instant hedge is also sometimes also called Copper Beech. It gets this name from the glorious warm burnished copper colour that the deep purple leaves go in the Autumn and Winter. These leaves stay on the plant until the new seasons leaves push the old ones off. As with all plants with a solid leaf colour if they are planted in shade these leaves will fade in there intensity and be more muted. Purple Beech (Fagus syl. Purpurea) instant hedge can be trimmed into a very formal hedge that will make a great structural statement in the garden.
As long as you avoid heavy clay soil, Purple Beech will grow in a wide range of soil types.
The Royal Horticultural Society gave Purple Beech an Award of Garden Merit in 1984.
|ASPECT||Coast Exposed||Coast Sheltered||Inland Exposed||Inland Sheltered||Heavy Shade|
|HEIGHT||Less then 1m||1-2.5m||2.5-5m||Over 5m|
|SOIL||Heavy Clay||Medium Loam||Light Sandy||Peat||Acid||Alkaline||Poorly Drained|
|HARDINESS||Hardy to -10°C||Hardy to below -10°C||GROWTH RATE||60cm per year|