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.