Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group
Atropurpurea Group are large deciduous trees grown for their deep purple leaves, which become reddish in autumn
Other common namespurple beech 
SynonymsFagus sylvatica Purple-leaved Group
Fagus sylvatica Cuprea Group
see moreFagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea'
Fagus sylvatica Purpurea Group
Fagus sylvatica 'Cuprea'
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'
Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea
Ultimate heightHigher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate heightmore than 50 years
Ultimate spreadWider than 8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
Fagus are large deciduous trees with smooth grey bark, ovate leaves colouring well in autumn, and inconspicuous flowers followed by usually spiny fruits
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Flower borders and beds
Aphids and beech bark scale may be a problem
May be affected by coral spot and heart and root rot in mature trees
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