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Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purpurea on the rows of the Barcham Trees nurery
Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purpurea on the rows of the Barcham Trees nurery
The stunning coppery purple foliage of Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purpurea
A mature specimen of Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purpurea in a parkland environment
Medium Upright Purple Beech, Dawyck Purple Beech, Fastigiate Purple Beech from this batch
Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purpurea sample video

Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purpurea

Upright Purple Beech, Dawyck Purple Beech, Fastigiate Purple Beech

Estimated fully grown height 17-22m

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Product Details

This stunning Beech has deep purple-red leaves, classically Beech in form, that appear in the spring and gradually turn to dark green throughout the summer before giving a show of golden brown foliage in the autumn.

The crown shape of this tree is distinctively upright, forming a distinctive flame shape as it matures. When mature this medium to large tree seldom reaches more than 3m wide. The foliage tends to be a little less dense than Dawyck and Dawyck Gold.

Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purpurea was raised in Rotterdam, from a Dawyck at Trompenburg Arboretum and is thought to be derived from the same seedling as Dawyck Gold. It won the Award of Garden Merit in both 1973 and 2002.

It is a tough tree, like its parents, and will thrive just about anywhere, but does not do well in exposed or coastal conditions. This tree is best suited to reasonably fertile and well drained soils but does not perform well on heavy clay or light sand and being a shallow rooted tree we do not recommend under-planting.

This superb rare specimen is a great choice for planting schemes where dramatic contrast is required and looks super against a lighter coloured back drop. Best planted as focal points and on the perimeter of planting schemes, as such dark colours tend to draw the eye to them, thus overlooking other planting in areas further than this.

The stunning architectural uniformity this specimen offers makes it a great specimen for avenue planting.

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Mature height: 15-20m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Avenue, Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Spring, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Acidic, Chalk/Alkaline, Well drained,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.