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Fagus sylvatica 'Atropurpurea Group'

Copper beech

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photo by Visions, copyright GAP Photos (61950)

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A magnificent deciduous tree with leaves ranging from pale purple with a hint of green, to deep dark purple leaves which almost look black from a distance. Since it can be cut back hard, it also makes an excellent hedge, holding on to its withered leaves over winter, giving a highly effective background for summer beds with bright colours. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Fagaceae

Genus: Fagus

Species: sylvatica

Cultivar: Atropurpurea Group

Foliage colour: Purple, Mid-green

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 1500cm

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