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Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' hedging

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Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’) is a distinctive, low maintenance hedging species.  Always a popular choice, Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ is also known as Copper Beech, due to the coppery brown shade of its leaves during spring.  Purple Beech foliage transforms into a deep purple hue in the summer then to brown throughout winter – making this a striking and interesting hedging species suitable for most soil types.

For more on this beautiful variety, view our Copper Beech hedging blog.

  • Best Features: Year-round interest, colourful foliage
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1m-5m high
  • Growth Rate: Average to Fast | 30-60cm a year
  • Position: Any normal soil, sun or partial shade, exposed inland and coastal
  • Also Consider: Red Barberry or Purple Leaf Sand Cherry for their colourful foliage or for a similar foliage option with brighter tones, consider Green Beech.

* Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Purple Beech plant (not a bundle). A mixture of bare root photos are used, taken in leaf from our growing sites in summer, as well as during the bare root planting season when Purple Beech may be defoliated.

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Purple Beech hedge (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea') description

The fast growing Purple Beech (also known as Copper Beech) is a delightful and hardy hedging plant native to the UK.  Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ features mid-sized spring foliage of coppery-brown leaves that transform into a dark purple in summer, then a rich yellow in autumn – a hedge plant of beauty in all seasons! Purple Beech hedge plants thrive in sun or partial shade and all soil types (apart from exceptionally wet) are suitable for planting.

Popular uses for Copper Beech hedges

There’s no doubt one main attraction of Purple Beech hedging is its decorative beauty that changes with the seasons, but that’s not all it has to offer: Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ is a robust species that intertwines with other species next to it, forming a very effective security barrier hedge. Check out our full Beech hedging range to create your perfect solution.

Combine Purple beech hedging with

The colour and species combination of Purple Beech and Common Green Beech make for an interesting and hardy hedge plant.

Growth rate of a Purple Beech hedge

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ is a fast growing hedge plant, at an annual rate of 30–60cm.  A minimal-fuss hedge plant, Purple Beech is easily maintained at a height of 1 – 5 metres. 

Pruning and aftercare advice for Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'

A generally low-maintenance hedge plant, you will be sure to see your Purple Beech hedge plant flourish best in winter by clipping it in late summer or early autumn. Apart from that, regular checks for and removal of any damaged shoots or signs of disease are recommended to keep Purple Beech in tip top shape. View our Hedging Care Advice page for further information.

Planting density guidelines for Purple Beech hedge plants

We’ve compiled a useful guide to planting density, for full recommendations of planting Fagus Sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ please view the product table (density information is in the No. Per Metre column). You can also find help on planting in our planting density information section.

Available all year-round, our Purple Beech hedge plants are available in pots, as cell grown plants or instant hedging (grown in troughs). Bare root Copper Beech hedging plants are also available from November to spring (April/May).

At best4hedging quality is key, so we ensure our Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ plants are sourced from the very best horticulturalists – the majority being UK specialists with a small amount from overseas professional growing partners. You can rely on us to provide the highest quality, freshest hedge plants directly from our Lancashire based nursery.

Showing 20 of our total 293 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 293 reviews for Purple Beech hedge plants.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
May 15, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

Mixing good/poor quality plants

May 5, 2022 | Alan Johnson
Purple Beech hedge plants

Again good quality plants

May 1, 2022 | Mark Beachell
Purple Beech hedge plants

Prompt delivery and well packaged

May 1, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

So far so good, all planted!

April 27, 2022 | Roger Doery
Purple Beech hedge plants

Plants arrived in good condition and were of a good size.

April 18, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

Good quality plants lots of leaves coming through.

April 18, 2022 | Lee Munro
Purple Beech hedge plants

Bare rooted Beech hedging came brilliantly packaged, good communications throughout.

April 18, 2022 | Mark Pawson
Purple Beech hedge plants

Look good quality and value

April 14, 2022 | Mrs M A Ehm
Purple Beech hedge plants

ALL BARE ROOT HEDGING - Good size, good condition

April 14, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

bare root plants all seem to be taking well and as described

April 13, 2022 | Malcolm Dixon
Purple Beech hedge plants

Root ball plants arrived moist and firmWell packaged and in timeThey look a bit spelkish in the ground but hope they start to bud out soon

April 13, 2022 | Chris Black
Purple Beech hedge plants

Excellent

April 11, 2022 | brett gillingham
Purple Beech hedge plants

Bare root hedge just as advertised. Very good condition thanks to excellent packaging. Looking forward to them growing this spring.

April 6, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

As Above

April 5, 2022 | Lisa
Purple Beech hedge plants

As Above

March 29, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

Good heathy plants and easy to plant.

March 29, 2022 | Christine HINCHLIFFE
Purple Beech hedge plants

Healthy looking plant very pleased with it

March 28, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

The plants look dead so looking forward to the new growth and the hedge forming.

February 18, 2022 | Anonymous
Purple Beech hedge plants

Because there were no signs of life in the plants, and no change so far. I'm hoping that some the spring this will change!

February 17, 2022 | Dorothy Backhouse
Purple Beech hedge plants

all looked in good condition some already sprouting

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