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Purple Fountain Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'

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Purple Fountain Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain') at Chalet Nursery

Purple Fountain Beech

Purple Fountain Beech

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Purple Fountain Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain') at Chalet Nursery

Purple Fountain Beech foliage

Purple Fountain Beech foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Common Beech, European Beech


An unique accent tree with smooth gray bark and cascading branches; glossy burgundy leaves in spring turn to green; leaves are coppery in fall; a most stately specimen; requires rich soil and moisture; smaller beech

Ornamental Features

Purple Fountain Beech has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Fountain Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Fountain Beech is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent

Planting & Growing

Purple Fountain Beech will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features