Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) is one of our most popular species with its familiar wavy edged leaves, these emerge in spring and are delicate pale purple/green at first fluttering in the slightest breeze becoming darker purple and more robust by summer. As autumn progresses they take on rich hues of gold and coppery orange before turning russet brown in winter.
To be precise, Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) is a deciduous plant however if it is trimmed regularly it will retain most of its russet brown leaves during the winter providing shelter and privacy all year round.
Supplied in ONE METRE LENGTHS for easy planting with free delivery!
Use for... any kind of formal or neat garden hedge. Great for filtering noise and pollution, and for wildlife too.
Growth rate... average to fast 30-60cms per year.
Ideal hedge height... Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) is a versatile hedging plant, ideal for any height from 80cm up to 5 metres or more.
Situation & Soil... Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) is a tough and easy plant, its only real dislikes are dense shade and wet boggy soil (where Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) will grow much better and give a similar look). Beech is also a great choice for chalky soil. We recommend Rootgrow and Bonemeal when planting to get your new hedge off to a great start.
Plant description... these are 80-100cm high one year old trough grown plants in one metre lengths, a reasonable height for instant effect. A typical trough may be seen in the photo above.
Planting distance... for an Instant Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) hedge you require one trough per metre in a single row or 2 troughs side by side in a double row for a really dense hedge.
Planting season... these trough grown plants are supplied where stocks are available for planting all year round.
Trim in... late summer.
Other species to consider... Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is an even more colourful alternative with its rich purple summer foliage and wine red new growth. Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is the informed choice if your soil is very heavy or wet.
Delivery information...larger plants are delivered on pallets free of charge on all orders over £250 (our minimum order requirement). This is normally a two to three day service and the pallet can be left on a driveway without a signature. Pallets are booked in giving the added advantage of knowing the delivery date in advance. Complete delivery information can be found on our delivery page.
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