Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group
Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Group’, Copper beech, Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’, Purple beech, Fagus sylvatica ‘Cuprea’, Fagus sylvatica Cuprea Group, Fagus sylvatica Purple-leaved Group, Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea
Variety or Cultivar
Atropurpurea Group _ Atropurpurea Group is a large, upright, spreading, deciduous tree with oval to elliptic, glossy, dark purple leaves turning copper to maroon in autumn and inconspicuous, purple flowers in spring followed by bristly, pale brown fruit.
Purple, Insignificant or absent in Spring
Dark-purple in Summer; Copper, Maroon in Autumn
HOW TO CARE
Watch out for
Aphids , Beech bark scale
Beech bark disease , Bracket fungi on standing trees , Coral spot , Foot and root rot , Heart rot
Hedging should be trimmed back in summer. No other attention is required, bar the removal or damaged or diseased shoots. If one wishes the tree to retain its distinctive dried-out leaves throughout winter it should be trimmed in late summer.
WHERE TO GROW
Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group (Copper beech) will reach a height of 20m and a spread of 15m after 20-50 years.
Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Foliage only
Grows in a wide range of well-drained soils. Leaf colour is best in full sun. Partial shade is tolerated.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Partial Shade, Full Sun
North, South, East, West