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River's Purple European Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii'

Pronunciation: FA-gus sil-VAT-i-ka ri-VERZ-ee-ee
SKU #03579

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Description The deepest purple foliage of any purple-leafed beech with richly colored foliage that retains its dark purple color throughout the summer months. A special selection from England. A magnificent specimen tree for larger landscapes. Not recommended for hot, dry areas. Deciduous.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Slow growing; reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Fall Color
Growth Rate Slow
Design Ideas Use 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.
Foliage Color Purple
Companion Plants Red Maple (Acer rubrum); Spruce (Picea); Lilacy (Syringa); European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus); Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Care 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; once established, reduce the frequency, continuing with deep waterings. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Seldom needs pruning.
Lore The species name of F. sylvatica is derived from the Greek for forest-loving.

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