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Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purple



An upright version of the purple beech

This purple beech has a narrow, upright shape. In spring its new foliage emerges a shining, rich purple. Perfect for contrasting with gold leaved shrubs. 


Enjoys a sunny or lightly shaded spot, and wonderful for creating a focal point, planted in a lawn or garden border. As the leaves turn golden-brown in the autumn they often remain throughout the winter. 


A versatile tree that prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil and is quite happy on chalky soils.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 1200 cm - 1800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Slightly toxic
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 500 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Garden edging

Typically available

From April to September