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Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ (Copper/Purple Beech) – Bareroot


A very ornamental form of beech with leaves that are bronze in early spring and deepen to purple as the year progresses. Beech can be grown as a close clipped formal hedge and if it is kept under 3 metres in height it will retain its leaves all winter


Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea,’ commonly known as Purple Beech, can also be utilized as a distinctive and eye-catching hedging option. Creating a hedge with ‘Purpurea’ adds a touch of elegance and a burst of colour to the landscape, making it a popular choice for those seeking a unique and ornamental boundary. Here are some key considerations for using Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ as a hedging plant:

1. Foliage Colour:

  • The standout feature of ‘Purpurea’ is its deep purple to reddish-brown foliage. When used in hedging, this cultivar provides a striking alternative to traditional green hedges, creating a visually appealing and vibrant boundary.

2. Formality and Structure:

  • Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ has a naturally formal growth habit, making it well-suited for creating structured and well-defined hedges. Its rounded crown and dense foliage contribute to a neat and elegant appearance.

3. Height and Pruning:

  • Regular pruning is essential to maintain the desired height and shape of the ‘Purpurea’ hedge. This cultivar responds well to pruning, allowing for the creation of both formal and informal hedge designs.
  • The height of the hedge can be controlled through regular trimming, making it adaptable to different landscape requirements.

4. Seasonal Interest:

  • One of the advantages of using ‘Purpurea’ for hedging is the continuous seasonal interest it provides. The deep purple foliage remains vibrant throughout the growing season, offering a colorful backdrop to the landscape.
  • In the fall, the foliage transitions to coppery-brown, adding another layer of interest before winter.

5. Mixed Plantings:

  • Combining ‘Purpurea’ with other hedging plants or ornamental shrubs can create a dynamic and visually appealing landscape. The contrasting colours and textures contribute to an aesthetically pleasing overall design.

6. Versatility:

  • ‘Purpurea’ is versatile in terms of its adaptability to different soil types and its ability to thrive in various light conditions. This makes it suitable for a range of garden settings.

7. Maintenance:

  • While ‘Purpurea’ is generally low-maintenance, regular care is necessary to ensure a healthy and well-groomed hedge. Pruning in late summer or early autumn helps maintain the desired shape and encourages bushier growth
Please see our GUIDE TO PLANTING HEDGES for more info.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Partial shade;Full sun

Soil Type






Pruning Time

Late Summer

Ultimate Spread

8+ metres

Ultimate Height

12+ metres