Weeping Purple Beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'
Weeping Purple Beech
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Height: 50 feet
Spread: 60 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Common Beech, European Beech
An awe-inspiring and graceful accent tree with swooping, pendulous branches and rich purple foliage all season; requires a great deal of room to grow; quite particular about growing conditions, requires rich soil and significant moisture
Weeping Purple Beech has attractive purple foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.
Weeping Purple Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Weeping Purple Beech is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
Planting & Growing
Weeping Purple Beech will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 60 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.