Purple fountain beech Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Purple fountain beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain') FAY-gus sil-VAT-ih-kah 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. Overview 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 Type Trees Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'View the discussion thread.