Beech - Purple or Copper

Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' hedging

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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 autumn/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, most of which tend to stay on until the new spring growth. Their coppery leaves are what make Purple 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 Yes
  • Semi Evergreen Yes
  • Evergreen No
  • Flower Colour None
  • Grows Up To 5m
  • Has Berries No
  • Is Edible No
  • Is Native Yes
  • Intruder Proof No
  • Privacy Hedge Yes
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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  • 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 £8.99
    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 £10.00
    Planting Density:
    4 to 5 per metre
  • Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 90-120cm 3L
    Purple or Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' ) pot grown 90-120cm 3L
    90/120cm
    3L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £14.99
    Planting Density:
    3 to 4 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 £22.99
    Planting Density:
    3 per metre
  • Puple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 80-100cm 16L Instant Hedging
    Puple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 80-100cm 16L Instant Hedging
    70/90cm 1m Trough
    1m Trough Instant Hedging
    Price £149.99
    Planting Density:
    1 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Puple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 100-120cm 40L Instant Hedging
    Puple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 100-120cm 40L Instant Hedging
    100/120cm 1m Trough
    1m Trough Instant Hedging
    Price £299.99
    Planting Density:
    1 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 150-175cm
    Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) 150-175cm
    150/175cm
    7 year old Root Ball
    Price £29.99 Was £44.99
    Planting Density:
    3 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Purple Beech 300 x 80 x 80cm Instant Hedging Element
    Purple Beech 300 x 80 x 80cm Instant Hedging Element
    300x80x80cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £649.99
    Planting Density:
    1 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

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More Information
Berry ColourNone
DeciduousYes
Semi EvergreenYes
EvergreenNo
Flower ColourNone
Grows Up To5m
Has BerriesNo
Is EdibleNo
Is NativeYes
Intruder ProofNo
Privacy HedgeYes

Delivery Information

  • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
  • Our delivery lead time is currently within 3-7 days. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days at present.
  • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £7.99 (box delivery).
  • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £300 or a £30 pallet charge if the order is under £300.
  • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
  • We can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, 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 £300 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 £300 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.

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