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River's Purple European Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii'

SKU
03579
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.
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Botanical PronunciationFA-gus sil-VAT-i-ka ri-VERZ-ee-ee
LoreThe species name of F. sylvatica is derived from the Greek for forest-loving.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsRed Maple (Acer rubrum); Spruce (Picea); Lilac (Syringa); European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus); Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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