Plant Finder

tree

Purple Weeping Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'

Add To My Wish List

 
Purple Weeping Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula') at Minor's Garden Center

Purple Weeping Beech

Purple Weeping Beech

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  60 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Common Beech, European Beech

Description:

An awe-inspiring and graceful accent tree with swooping, pendulous branches and rich purple foliage all season; requires a great deal of room to grow; quite particular about growing conditions, requires rich soil and significant moisture

Ornamental Features

Purple Weeping Beech is primarily valued in the landscape for its highly ornamental weeping form. It has attractive purple deciduous foliage. The serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Weeping Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Weeping Beech is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Purple Weeping Beech will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 60 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Sizes Available:

TREE FORM: 5' B&B $134.99

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features