Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
FAGUS sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'
European Beech, Weeping Purple Beech
Cherished for its smooth gray bark, elegant deciduous foliage, stately habit, and adaptability, European beech has long been a garden favorite on its native continent and elsewhere. A dwarf, weeping, purple-leaved cultivar introduced in 1865, 'Purpurea Pendula' is usually top-grafted to form a small domed tree. The glossy, elliptic, wavy-edged leaves turn purple-green in summer and rich gold or bronze in autumn. Inconspicuous flowers in spring are sometimes followed by bristly capsules that ripen to tan in late summer and fall. They contain one to three edible nuts that are prized by wildlife. Raw nuts are inedible to humans.
Tough and reliable, European beech performs best in moist, well-drained, acidic to alkaline soil in full sun. Established trees tolerate some drought. With its purple leaves and relatively small stature, 'Purpurea Pendula' makes an excellent specimen for residential gardens. Combine it with flowering dogwood for a breathtaking mid-spring composition of purple and white. It also works well for bonsai.
9 - 1
5 - 9
A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Tan, Brown
Purple, Dark Green
Gold, Copper, Bronze
Gray, Silver, Slate Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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