• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:FA-gus sil-VAT-i-ka ri-VERZ-ee-ee
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design IdeasUse this big Beech in large landscapes, or as a street or park tree. Stands alone or in a grove, and may be used to accent other groves of green trees.
    Companion PlantsHere's the best of the English Beech and one that holds its color throughout the season. Plant with other majestic deciduous shade trees such as Red SunsetTM Maple (Acer rubrum 'Franksred'), Pyramidal European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata') and Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra). Also looks great against the contrasting Hoop's Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Hoopsii').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This may be the most famous of all beech varieties in England, developed and introduced there by the nursery of Thomas Rivers around 1860. It was in widespread cultivation both in Europe and America by 1880. It's purple coloring points to ancestry from the copper beech of Europe. The species is a forest tree native to central and Southern Europe.
    Lore:
    The species name of F. sylvatica is derived from the Greek for forest-loving.