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Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' (Purple fountain beech, European beech)

Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' FAY-gus sil-VAT-ih-kah Common Name: Purple fountain beech, European beech Genus: Fagus
'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 characteristics: Cascading, columnar form. Dark purple foliage.
Care: Grow in full sun (for best purple color) or partial shade and most any soil type as long as it is well-drained.
Propagation: Sow seed in autumn or in spring (after winter stratification). Graft in mid-winter.
Problems: Limb canker, powdery mildew, butt and wood rot, bracket fungi.
Height 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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