Purple fountain beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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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

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