Fagus sylvatica Purpurea (Purple/Copper Beech)

Copper Beech

Availability

Bareroot from November to April

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Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
40-60cm
1u1 3.09 2.00 1.79 1.70 1.55
60-80cm
1u1 4.07 2.64 2.36 2.24 2.04
80-100cm
1+2 6.36 4.12 3.68 3.50 3.18

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Minimum order values
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Delivery

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Description

A handsome, large deciduous tree, with elegant spreading branches and dark purple leaves which turn copper in autumn and are a shimmering bronze in spring. It is widely planted in large parks and gardens, and often planted as an ornamental hedge. As a hedge, it retains its leaves over winter. With its smooth grey bark and delicate tracery of branches, it is attractive all year round.

Site and soil

Copper Beech needs a well-drained soil, but can cope with the extremes of both chalky and acid sands. Avoid heavy waterlogged soils. It will do well in shade.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 3m x 3m
After 20 years: 11m x 6m

Leaf and bark

The leaves are oval and shiny, 1.5cm long, emerging soft bronze and covered with silky hairs, then darkening to purple before becoming coppery before leaf fall. The colour can be variable from lighter to very dark purple. The bark is a very distinctive smooth pale grey.

Flower, seed and fruit

The flowers open in May alongside the young leaves in small clusters, the females near the tip of the shoots. The fruits (beech mast) ripen in autumn; the triangular nuts are enclosed within a spiky outer case.

Uses

Specimen tree, hedges. Beech wood is much used for furniture, wood-turning and charcoal. Beech mast has been used to feed pigs and poultry, and in times of famine has been eaten by humans too. In Europe, an edible oil has been made from the nuts.

Wildlife

Beech mast is an important food source for small mammals and birds. Both the leaves and timber are high in potash and help to enrich the soil.

Pruning

Hedges should be pruned between July and August.