A tree with a spreading oval to round crown. It can attain a height and spread of approx. 25 30 m. It has a smooth bark which is grey in colour. The leaves unfold deep red and darken in colour to intense brown red (purple). Leaves change to wonderful bronze hues in the autumn and generally remain until the new growth arrives in the spring. Very suitable for a park or avenue tree or as a solitary tree, but it is also widely used for hedging as an alternative to a green hedge. Prefers well-drained soil, not too wet and rich in humus content. Moderately wind resistant.
Tough and reliable, performs best in moist, well-drained, acidic to alkaline soil in full sun.
Established trees tolerate some drought. Beech trees have shallow broad-reaching roots and dense shade, and most plants grow poorly beneath their canopies. Large forms of this tree are ideal for open park-like settings.
Amenable to heavy pruning, it also works well as a sheared hedge.
Genus - Fagus
Species - Sylvatica
Variety - Atropurpurea
Common name - Purple Beech
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 60-90' / 18 - 27 m
Spread - 30-60' / 9 - 18 m
Plant type - Tree / Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - well-drained, high in humus content, not too wet
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, do not overwater
Landscape uses - Very decorative plant, good fir pruning, hedges, bonsai. Shade Tree
Leaf / Flower color - Purple / --
1. Seed should be soaked in pure clean water for 24 hours, then placed in pots of sterilized growing medium and refrigerated (stratified) (+2+4CC) for 60-90 days.
2. Plant the beechnut at a depth of one and a half times its length. Firm the compost. Germinate at room temperature.
1. Poke holes in the bottom of a plastic container or an empty milk carton and fill the container with a mixture of compost and coarse sand.
2. Plant the beechnut at a depth of one and a half times its length. Firm the compost.
3. Leave the potted nuts outside over the winter so they get the proper cold treatment. Place them in a shady place against the wall of the house. Lay small gauge chicken wire over the top of the containers to protect the germinating nuts from squirrels and rodents.
Keep young trees moist but not overwatered. Plant the young trees when they are 25-30 cm (10-12") tall. Loosen the soil in an area much larger than the actual root ball and amend it with compost. This will ensure that the roots can easily penetrate the surrounding soil. Give each tree plenty of room. Weed around young trees regularly.
Put down a layer of mulch such as grass clippings, pine needles or bark chips to conserve soil moisture and keep down weeds.
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