Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple'


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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Sharon Pearson, copyright GAP Photos (65895)

Plant details

The common beech is a long-lived tree, and very large, more than 30m (100ft) high, which thrives on lighter soils, especially chalky ones. There are many decorative varieties more suitable for gardens, including 'Dawyck Purple'. This is a smaller, narrow form with layered branches that curve slightly upwards and produce a mass of purple foliage. This tree will stand some shade, but colours better when given a sunny position. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Fagaceae

Genus: Fagus

Species: sylvatica

Cultivar: Dawyck Purple

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 700cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

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