25 x Fagus sylvatica 'Atropurpurea' (Purple Beech) 40-60cm bare root
25 bare root 2yr old plants approx 40-60cm tall
One of the most dramatic and distinctive trees, purple (or copper) beech is identified by it's rich, deep purple wavy-margined leaves, that take on a reddish tint in autumn. The leaves retain their best colour if planted in full sun. It is deciduous but, when grown as a hedge, retains the its dry leaves throughout winter, creating an all year-round screen. Beech is tolerant of many soils, including chalk, although it doesn't like wet clays (where hornbeam may be a better bet). As a specimen tree, beech will reach an eventual height of 30ft+, but can be kept between 3-12ft if pruned as a hedge. It can be planted in single or staggered rows, and either solely as a beech hedge, or mixed with other native hedging plants such as hornbeam.
Recommended planting distance: 1ft (30cm) apart in single rows, or 5 per metre in a staggered row
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Suitable for: Single species hedge, part of a mixed native hedge
Features: Amazing leaf colour, Easy to trim and shape, keeps brown leaves over winter
Bare root plants: These plants can be planted anytime between November and March. We keep our bare root hedging in tubs of damp compost at the nursery. If you are not planting your plants immediately then keep the roots damp (preferably in compost) and out the sun until you are ready to plant.
We may prune 20% off the tops of your plants before sending. This will encourage strong bushy growth
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