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Tree of the Month: Purple Beech Tree

The Purple Beech is such a unique and beautiful tree. We recommend this tree for large landscapes and lawns as a striking stand alone or a contrast among a grove.

purple leaf beech tree

Botanical Name: Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’

Characteristics: The Purple Beech tree is a large, low canopy tree that boasts beautiful dark purple foliage. At mature height, it reaches 50 feet tall with a round or oval well-spread canopy. Its dark purple color lasts through summer, then turns copper-red in fall. A perfect tree for a large space, this is an excellent shade tree for open lawns and parks. With its low canopy and large branches, it would make an excellent climbing tree for children.

This species is a forest tree native to central and Southern Europe. Its botanical name means, “belonging to woods and forests.”

purple leaf beech tree leaves

Hardiness Zones: 4-7

Requirements: Best grown in deep, rich, moist – but well-drained – soils in full sun to part shade. Intolerant of wet, poorly drained soils. Considered a low maintenance tree overall with minimal pruning required.

Pest Susceptibility: No serious insect or disease problems. However, Beech scale is an occasional problem.

Give us a call today if you would like to add the Purple Beech tree to your landscape. Questions? Contact us. We’re local, expert arborists, and we’re here to help.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out our tree recommendations – for a full list of options that thrive right here in Springfield, MO.