Commonly known as the 'Copper Beech', is one of the most popular varieties of hedging shrubs in the UK due to its colourful foliage and suitability for the British weather. The magnificent glossy foliage develops throughout the seasons, in spring the foliage is a dark green and purple and changes in summer to deep copper brown, then in autumn it transforms to rich purple. This makes it the perfect hedging plant for providing effective screening and all year-round colour. Like its green counterpart, the Copper Beech is, strictly speaking, a deciduous shrub. An excellent formal hedge, the Purple Beech can also provide much-needed shelter to wildlife throughout the winter when fully deciduous varieties have completely shed their leaves. This versatile, vibrantly coloured specimen can be grown as a hedge of any height from 1m upwards. Supplied as 40-60cm bare root plants.
|Mature Height||200 cm|
|Mature Spread||150 cm|
|Plant Spacing||45 cm|
|Annual Growth||45 cm|
|Planting||Plant in moisture retentive soil, along with a little peat/humus surrounding the roots firmly.|
|Soil Type||Any well drained soil|
Growing at a glance…
The fagus can be pruned back in July/August to keep it a manageable size. They are suitable for planting in most types of well drained, reasonably fertile soil. The Fagus (Beech) hedge is perfect for all locations within the garden. You can also add some bonemeal or peat at the roots once planting.