• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 25 to 35 ft. tall, 18 to 25 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:FA-gus sil-VAT-i-ka TRYE-kol-or
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 25 to 35 ft. tall, 18 to 25 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasThis is the ideal purple-pink Beech for smaller city lots. Use it for shade, along an entry drive or as a street tree. Very cold hardy, the Beech can be both an accent among evergreens or planted in a grove and its color will be perceptible from a distance. Majestic and well formed, it's a great front-yard statement for larger homesites with traditional architecture.
    Companion PlantsMaidenhair Tree (Ginkgo); Lilac (Syringa); Weigela (Weigela); Dove Tree (Davidia); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Highly adaptable to a wide range of soil types, providing it is well-drained. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Seldom needs pruning.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This vividly colored tree was introduced in 1888. Its ancestry includes the copper beech which explains its rich bronze coloring. The genus was classified by Linnaeus under its ancient European Latin name, fagus, which includes about ten cultivated species and innumerable varieties and clones. Its primary ancestor, A. sylvatic is a forest tree native to central and southern Europe, which was introduced into North American in colonial times.
    In ancient Britain, many beech trees were pollarded to create a crop of straight poles out of reach of deer.


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