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Purple fountain beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'

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'Purple Fountain' is a deciduous, columnar, dark-leaved tree with bronze-purple, wavy margined leaves and cascading branches. Leaves become more green as summer wears on. It can be used as a specimen tree or for pleaching. It is similar to the purple weeping beech but is much more columnar. Fall color is yellow, then orange-brown.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsCascading, columnar form. Dark purple foliage.

CareGrow in full sun (for best purple color) or partial shade and most any soil type as long as it is well-drained.

PropagationSow seed in autumn or in spring (after winter stratification). Graft in mid-winter.

ProblemsLimb canker, powdery mildew, butt and wood rot, bracket fungi.

  • Genus : Fagus
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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