• Beech - Purple or Copper

    Fagus sylvatica Purpurea

    From £4.99

    Purple or Copper Beech hedging is a fantasic hedging alternative that will provide gorgeous colour throughout the year, just as Fagus sylvatica (green Beech) does. Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' leaves are darkly coloured in hues of purple and dark green from spring to autumn and then copper coloured in winter. Purple Beech is the ideal seasonal interest hedging plant.

    Purple Beech, or also known as Copper Beech, has identical qualities to it's partner Green Beech however its leaves turn a lovely mixture of dark green and purple in the spring and summer. Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' still hosts crisp coppery leaves in the winter that tend to stay on until the new spring growth, their coppery leaves are what make Beech a well known hedging plant. Planting Purple Beech alone makes this formal hedging plant stand out but it can be planted amongst other mixed native hedging plants, you can create a real tapestry of colours from our native hedging range. 

    It will grow happily in both sun and partial shade as well as most soil types, as long as the soil is moist but well drained. Purple Beech is fast growing so it will require pruning, pruning in the late summer/ early autumn will also give beech hedging their best bet on keeping hold of them lovely copperry winter leaves. 

    Choosing Copper Beech hedge plants

    As these plants are grown from seed the shade of purple will vary from plant to plant, some will have almost black foliage whilst the odd few will be darkest green. If you're keen to plant a hedge that is totally purple we suggest ordering 10% more bare root plants than required for your space so that you can remove any rogue greens, alternatively buy pot grown plants which you can be sure have been handpicked for their purple colour quality.

    More Information
    Berry Colour None
    Deciduous No
    Semi Evergreen No
    Evergreen No
    Flower Colour None
    Grows Up To 5m
    Has Berries No
    Is Edible No
    Is Native No
    Intruder Proof No
    Privacy Hedge No
    Purple Beech hedging is relatively low maintenance and by planning your beech hedging care routine carefully, you will only have to prune once or twice a year. Fagus sylvatica purpurea can be tidied up in June, if it’s looking a little messy. We recommend pruning an established beech hedge in late summer, August is the ideal time, as a late summer cutting means that the plants have enough time to regrow and recover before the winter and having a last flush of growth increases the winter coverage that makes beech hedging so popular. Looking after a beech hedge is important, but it is possible to renovate an overgrown beech hedge. This sort of beech hedging maintenance should be carried out in February whilst it’s still dormant. If your overgrown beech hedge requires cutting back by more than half of its size it is best to do this gradually over two growing seasons. Firstly, cut back the top and one side of the hedge, leaving the other side for the following year. Hard pruning is nothing to worry about, the beech hedging growth rate is particularly fast, approximately 30-60cm per year so your hedge will soon recover. With regular beech hedging maintenance, we do recommend using a slow release fertiliser, such as Bonemeal.

    1. Select Root Type

    Bare Root 

    Bare roots are young plants that are only planted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). We lift bare root plants and despatch them during the planting season but they can be pre-ordered in summer to guarantee your stock. As they are cheaper to grow, they are one of our most affordable hedge planting options and the cheapest way to plant a hedge.

    Root Ball 

    Root ball plants are also seasonal stock as they can only be lifted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). These plants are scooped out of the ground like an ice-cream using machinery to keep their root system intact and wrapped in bio-degradable, hessian sacks.  They are mature plants that provide dense coverage very early on, ideal for when you need a thick hedge quickly. Root ball hedging plants give an instant effect and are a cheaper alternative to instant trough grown hedging. 

    Pot Grown 

    Pot grown plants can be planted year round and they are our mose convenient option of hedging plants. They come in a wide range of sizes, from 10cm to 2.5m so they're suitable for the majority of planting requirements. From small 2L shrubs to large 15L extra tall hedging, there will be a pot grown plant for any garden type. 

    Instant Hedging 

    Our Instant Hedging is grown in troughs or bags that measure 50cm-1 metre in length and carefully clipped during the growing season to create a dramatic, instant hedge effect. If you are looking for a quick fix or an instant impact, Instant Trough Grown hedging is the solution for you. 

    2. Select Size & Quantity:

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    • (Fagus Sylvatica Atropurpurea) Purple Beech 30/50cm Cell grown
      (Fagus Sylvatica Atropurpurea) Purple Beech 30/50cm Cell grown
      30/50cm
      Cell Grown Pot Grown
      Price £4.99
      Planting Density:
      5 to 7 per metre
    • Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 40-60cm 2L
      Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 40-60cm 2L
      40/60cm
      2L Pot Pot Grown
      Price £5.99
      Planting Density:
      3 to 5 per metre
    • Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 60-90cm 2L
      Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 60-90cm 2L
      60/90cm
      2L Pot Pot Grown
      Price £7.99
      Planting Density:
      4 to 5 per metre
    • Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 90-120cm 5L
      Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 90-120cm 5L
      90/120cm
      5L Pot Pot Grown
      Price £14.99
      Planting Density:
      3 per metre
    • Puple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 100-120cm 40L Instant Hedging
      Puple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 100-120cm 40L Instant Hedging
      100/120cm
      1m Trough Instant Hedging
      Price £149.99
      Planting Density:
      1 per metre
      Pallet Delivery - min. Order

      This product requires a pallet delivery which is £60 or free on orders over £240.

    • Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 150-175cm
      Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 150-175cm
      150/175cm
      7 year old Root Ball
      Price £32.99
      Planting Density:
      3 per metre
      Pallet Delivery - min. Order

      This product requires a pallet delivery which is £60 or free on orders over £240.

      Pre-order for Nov
    • Purple Beech 175/200cm Root ball
      Purple Beech 175/200cm Root ball
      175/200cm
      8 year old Root Ball
      Price £37.00
      Planting Density:
      3 per metre
      Pallet Delivery - min. Order

      This product requires a pallet delivery which is £60 or free on orders over £240.

      Pre-order for Nov
    • Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 200-250cm
      Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 200-250cm
      200/225cm
      9 year old Root Ball
      Price £46.99
      Planting Density:
      2 to 2.5 per metre
      Pallet Delivery - min. Order

      This product requires a pallet delivery which is £60 or free on orders over £240.

      Pre-order for Nov
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    More Information
    Berry Colour None
    Deciduous No
    Semi Evergreen No
    Evergreen No
    Flower Colour None
    Grows Up To 5m
    Has Berries No
    Is Edible No
    Is Native No
    Intruder Proof No
    Privacy Hedge No

    Delivery Information

    • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
    • Orders under £100 to mainland UK - £12 (box delivery).
    • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £240 or a £60 pallet charge if the order is under £240.
    • We can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man, but the delivery cost will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on 

    For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £240 for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £240 please call or email us to agree a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

    For delivery information for other products please see here.

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