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Medium sized scaled specimen of Fagus sylvatica Purpurea
Medium sized scaled specimen of Fagus sylvatica Purpurea
The foliage of Fagus sylvatica Purpurea in detail
Fagus sylvatica Purpurea on the rows of the Barcham Trees nursery
Mature Fagus sylvatica Purpurea in a parkland environment
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Fagus sylvatica Purpurea

Purple Beech, Copper Beech

Estimated fully grown height 20m+

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Fagus sylvatica Purpurea is a stunning dark purple leaved variety of Common Beech, Fagus sylvatica.

Sometimes wrongly referred to as ‘Copper Beech’, this purple leaved Beech is a cultivar rather than the seedling ‘Copper Beech’ which is variable in leaf colour.

This pretty, deep foliaged, tree has dark purple red foliage which appears in the spring time and like many other purple leaved specimens, it gradually turns to a dark green-bronze as the summer progresses until it is almost difficult to distinguish it with the Common, Fagus sylvatica.

In autumn the deep bronze foliage turns to a golden brown. Fagus sylvatica Purpurea is a tough tree and will thrive just about anywhere, but does not do well in exposed or coastal conditions.

It 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 large and majestic tree is one of great beauty and as such is a superb specimen to be planted as a statement in parks and large estates. It is a great choice for creating contrast in the landscape, with its dark colours tending to draw the eye to it, with this in mind it is best planted on the perimeter of a scheme, as if planted to close to the front it is likely that specimens planted beyond it will be overlooked.

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Mature height: 20m+

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Avenue, 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
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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.