Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’, popularly known as the Purple or Copper Beech, is a cultivar of common beech. A semi-evergreen, it has beautiful purple/copper leaves which redden in autumn. Like common beech, it will not accept wet feet and, if not too exposed, will hold the old coppery leaves until the April of the following spring. Unlike common beech, it does need full sun.
The foliage colour of Purple Copper Beech plants varies in intensity so when planted in a hedge there will a subtle but harmonious variation – some paler, some darker. Another reason why Purple Beech hedges are so popular.
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For this particular species we would recommend a double row of plants for the best hedge.
Purple Copper Beech Hedges Plants
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Purple Copper Beech Hedge at-a-glance
Foliage Type:Semi-Evergreen Hardiness: ✯✯✯✯ Ease of maintenance: ✯✯✯✯✯ Versatility: ✯✯✯ Drought Resistance: ✯✯✯✯✯ Soil type: Neutral to Alkaline Wet/Dry: Moist to Dry Preferred situation: Sun Height: 3m+ Growth Rate: Medium
Soil and Situation A sunny location in well-drained, non-acidic soil.
Maintenance: Prune in early August to ensure leaves are retained and to maintain the desired height.
Versatility: An excellent hedging plant, also popular in mixed hedges.