• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group

Copper beech

Copper beech

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  • Other common names Copper beech
    Purple beech

  • Synonyms Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea
    Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'

  • Genus Fagus are large deciduous trees with smooth grey bark, ovate leaves colouring well in autumn, and inconspicuous flowers followed by usually spiny fruits

  • Family Fagaceae / Fagaceae

  • Species Atropurpurea Group are large deciduous trees grown for their deep purple leaves, which become reddish in autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    more than 50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Architectural

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Aphids and beech bark scale may be a problem

Diseases May be affected by coral spot and heart and root rot in mature trees

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