Purple Fountain Beech Tree
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Purple Fountain Beech Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Purple Fountain Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'
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Purple Fountain Weeping Beech is a bold yet elegant accent tree that lends an air of sophistication to the landscape along with an infusion of rich, regal purple color. Growing more magnificent each year, this living sculpture will become the showpiece of your garden. Purple Fountain Beech naturally maintains a single central leader that ascends skyward while its side branches weep strongly, resulting in a gracefully shaped tree slim enough to use in foundation plantings, courtyards, and modestly sized urban lots. This choice specimen is the kind of tree you’ll want to design your whole landscape around!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Purple Fountain Beech originated as a seedling of another weeping purple Beech tree, ‘Purpurea Pendula,’ which was found in Germany in the 1860s. The new seedling differed from the mother plant in that it developed a leader on its own (no staking needed) and grew two to three times taller than its mushroom-shaped parent. Purple Fountain was introduced by the Dutch nursery of F.J. Grootendorst & Sons in 1975. The Grootendorsts are well-known for their line of hardy roses (which look smashing next to this Beech’s deep purple foliage, by the way). Purple Fountain is a selection of European Beech, a tougher and more adaptable tree than the American Beeches you may have seen growing wild in much of the Eastern U.S.

The Details

Who needs flowers? This beauty proves that foliage can steal the show, too. You’ll enjoy the performance as the new leaves emerge a shimmering wine-red in spring and mature to a warm chocolate-purple color later on. Fall’s cool weather brings on gold and butterscotch tones.

How to Grow

Despite its star-power qualities, Purple Fountain Beech isn’t a diva when it comes to care, though it will repay the kindnesses you give it in the form of evenly moist but well-drained soil, little root competition (Beeches are shallow-rooted trees), and a layer of cooling mulch. The Bower & Branch™ Water Element system will ensure that your tree receives the proper amount of water during its establishment, while also keeping lawn equipment away from its thin, silvery-gray bark. Plant this tree in full sun to coax out the richest purple color from its leaves, but don’t fret if the foliage turns bronzy-green in mid-summer. This is normal in very hot weather.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 12'
Spacing 15'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Purple
Fall Leaf Color Gold/Bronze
Flower Color N/A
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size C Trees:

10-12' tall. This is a beautiful specimen tree that will immediately become the spectacle of your landscape. Shipped Balled & Potted.

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