Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ – Purple beech 1.5-1.75m tall

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ is a large, deciduous tree with deep purple, ovate leaves that turn to seasonal shades of copper and red in autumn. In spring, inconspicuous, flower-like, purple catkins emerge, followed by brown, spiny fruits. If planted to form a stunning, solid hedge these 1.75-2m hedging units should be planted every 1-1.5m and trimmed back in summer in order to thicken the foliage and create a beautiful, dense hedge (the older and denser the purple beech, the more leaves retained through the winter). On the other hand, these plants can be grown as a standalone tree ideal for use as specimen in larger gardens, verges, parkland and woodland. Although the Purple beech is deciduous, the leaves will hold nearly all winter before dropping, providing good coverage even in the winter months, this means that the Beech can also be planted as a screen. Although Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ is tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils, heavy clay should be avoided, and if planting in clay soil, Hornbeam should be considered as an alternative.

If the availability below is not listed as ‘In Stock’, please contact us for more information regarding the item.

We are always updating the stock for sale at our tree nursery, but some varieties may only be available through the winter season.

1.5-1.75m tall


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If the availability below is not listed as ‘In Stock’ please contact us for more information regarding the item. We are always updating the stock for sale at our tree nursery but some varieties may only be available through the winter season.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ – Purple beech 1.5-1.75m tall


  • Size : 1.51.75m tall
  • Botanical name/s : Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'
  • Common name/s : Purple beech
  • Flower / Foliage : Deep purple leaves that turn to copper, purple, flower-like, catkins and brown, spiny fruits.
  • Plant type : Deciduous
  • Flowering period : N/A
  • Mature height : 12m
  • Mature spread : 12m
  • Growth rate : Slow to moderate
  • Recommended usage : Ideal as clipped hedge, specimen or screen.
  • Nursery grown : Yes


Once planted, Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ will need watering throughout the first growing season, but make sure not to over or underwater.

Check tree tie / stake isn’t rubbing and / or too tight or too loose on the trunk.

Check for and remove any dead, decaying, diseased or crossing branches.

Remove any weeds from around the base of the Purple beech tree (including grass).

  • Position/Aspect : Full sun to partial shade.
  • Soil : Tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils, except heavy clay.
  • Hardiness : Hardy in most places throughout the UK.
  • Plant maintenance : Low maintenance. Purple Beech hedging should be trimmed back in Summer.

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After your Online Shop order has been placed we will send an order confirmation email to the email address provided. This will provide you with details of your order, including the order number, which you should check and retain for your records. If there is an error in your order requirement, please contact us as soon as possible quoting your order number, so that we can rectify prior to dispatch.

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We will take your credit or debit card payment over the phone. Simply call us on 01376 340469 and one of our experienced team are always available to discuss your order.

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We can delivery to you anywhere in England and Wales via an overnight courier service (two days for Scotland & Ireland).

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Orders placed via our Online shop if placed by 10am Monday –Thursday can be delivered to you the very next day. If placed on a Friday – Sunday delivery would be on Tuesday.

We deliver by national overnight courier service.

Should you require a specific delivery date, let us know in advance and we will arrange for your delivery to arrive on your required date.

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For large trees or quantities of trees and plants

Please phone us to discuss, we are usually able to deliver to you via a dedicated vehicle.

For local deliveries

We will deliver to you in our local area and we will be pleased to arrange this with you whilst you are visiting our Nursery or via the phone. We also provide a planting service.

Planting service

We have our own installation teams to carry out planting in Southern & Eastern England. Please call us to discuss, we are always happy to provide you a quotation.