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FAGUS sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'

Image of Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'

James H. Schutte

Family

Fagaceae

Botanical Name

FAGUS sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'

Plant Common Name

European Beech, Weeping Purple Beech

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Weeping

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gold, Copper, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Gray, Silver, Slate Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No