Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea

Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea

Copper beech

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea
  • Common name: Copper beech
  • Family: Fagaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Bronze

Purple

The European beech, Fagus sylvatica, is a large deciduous tree that can reach 40 metres tall when fully grown. In gardens, beech is a popular plant for hedging and pleaching. In autumn, the glossy green leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow and orange. Like hornbeam, beech has marcescent leaves i.e. dead leaves that are held on the plant through winter, before being pushed off by newly emerging leaves in spring.

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Beech trees tend to be found growing on well-drained soils, particularly chalk and limestone soils.

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Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea is a beautiful variant commonly known as copper beech, with deep purple-bronze foliage, making it a more dramatic alternative to the species. For best results, grow Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea in full sun or partial shade, in a well-drained soil. 

How to grow Fagus sylvatica

  • Plant size

    40m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fagus sylvatica and wildlife

Fagus sylvatica is known for attracting beneficial insects and birds. It provides shelter and habitat, makes a good wildlife hedge, has seeds for birds and is a caterpilar food plant.

Does not attract Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Fagus sylvatica poisonous?

Fagus sylvatica has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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