Why Buy Our Hedging Trees?
- Our hedging trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in the North UK which makes the plants much hardier (used to bad weather)
- Very easy to plant, little cultivation required and very high success rate.
- Our trees are covered by a FREE TREE WARRANTY. (first 15% not covered)
- Plants do not "check" when planted so rapid early growth.
- Root plug contains both naturally occurring mycorrhizae and fertilizer.
- Growing containers eliminate root spiralling.
- FREE DELIVERY (UK Mainland only).
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' Or Purple Copper Beech
Purple Beech (Fagus Sylvatica 'Purpurea') is marked by its attractive coppery-red foliage, and like Green Beech, makes a great hedge, retaining its coppery leaves throughout winter and only loosing them when new leaves develop in spring. It can be either an attractive formal hedge or act as very good windbreak. The dark purple of the leaves contrasts heavily with shades of green in your garden or park making both more attention getting. Some people will mix the Purple Copper Beech with common Beech trees to get this effect in their hedge.
As it has been resident in the UK for a very long time then Purple Copper Beech is considered native to the UK.
If you forget to prune your Purple Copper Beech tree expect it to grow to at least 6 metres after 10 years. Fully mature, a Beech tree can be 30+ metres with a 25m spread but this is usually only if planted in deep, well drained and fertile soils. Should you find your Purple Beech tree struggling then check drainage as this will be one of the few things that hinders its vigour.
Purple Copper Beech is commonly planted in parks and ornamental gardens for its particularly outstanding attractive qualities one of which is that they are long lived.
Not usually planted as a barrier hedge for livestock as they tend to browse on it. Now in this day and age, that would mean that they are looking on the Internet for something. Considering this unlikely because there is nowhere in a hedge to plug in a keyboard we asked a pre-Internet person (coincidentally retired) and they said it meant to eat the leaves.
Planting Fagus Sylvatica 'Purpurea' or Purple Copper Beech
Should you have a particularly open and exposed site i.e. weather and not nudist colony, then the Purple Copper Beech tree will be suitable for you. Now we mean "normal" exposed sites, not tsunami beeches or hurricane alley! Full sun with well drained soil will give you best results as purple leaved trees are like tan addicts and do better in the sunlight however it will tolerate partial shade. This usually means a spot in the garden that has shadows cast over it for a few hours a day, not bits of lamp shade draped over it.
Should you have any doubts about your soil quality then mix the excavated earth with 50% well rotted manure or compost.
Purple Copper Beech is considered to be chalk and acid tolerant. Should you have particularly heavy clay and do not want to mix in more organic matter then Hornbeam maybe a better hedging choice for you.
Fagus Sylvatica 'Purpurea' Care and Maintenance
Removing grass and weeds close to your Purple Copper Beech hedge will reduce competition for nutrients and give your hedge a bit of a boost, especially in the first few years.
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' can be pruned hard at any time of the year without any serious consequences to the tree (other than it looking bald?). If you are wanting to keep the leaves over Winter, best to prune the hedge when dormant i.e. before March. It is this pruning that keeps the branch growth "juvenile" and therefore the leaves do not drop in winter.
If you are pruning a neglected hedge and estimate that you need to take off more than 50% of the height, then consider spreading this out over two seasons. For such hard pruning, the RHS suggest doing this when the tree is dormant in March although technically dormancy is from November to March. Feeding the tree after a hard pruning is a good idea. Any generic tree fertilizer will do although the slow release ones that last 18 months are more convenient (we embrace lazy options at Trees Online)
General Information On Fagus Sylvatica 'Purpurea' or Purple Copper Beech
The flowers or Catkins of the Beech tree are considered insignificant, wind pollinated and will turn into 2 edible nuts inside each Beech pod. Do not eat too many as they are high in tannins and could cause stomach upset. If you continually prune your Purple Copper Beech it is unlikely you will see these.
Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea or Purple Copper Beech is considered to be fully UK hardy, so if you are Arctic training somewhere in deepest Scotland and want to take a lucky tree, making it a Purple Copper Beech is a good choice.
The Purple Beech tree is also known as Fagus sylvatica "Purpurea" or "Atropurpurea" or "Atropunicea".
How many Purple Beech trees do I need?
We recommend planting 6 plants per metre using the double staggered hedge method for a full and thick hedge. You can plant 3 per metre using a single row of trees if you prefer, however the gaps at the bottom of the hedge will be larger.
What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea
HI Alan, You are going to have to help me here, as I never do reviews and I can’t see a place on the website to leave one, even though your comical caring email made me want to break my rule!. It (Fagus Sylvatica Beech Hedging) arrived punctually and in very good shape, and I am so far very pleased with its attitude and work ethic. It is being planted in loving memory of a dear extended family member, so let's hope it thrives in her "can do” spirit which made us love her so much. Was the extortion to have a good two based on the double email I received? I am happy just to stay with one, in case planet saving is involved… best wishes, Rachael 0819
We have received the Purple Beech tree plants thank you. I received them within 5 working days of the order and they were planted within 2 days of receiving them. Due to as you say the weather I am still waiting to see if they have taken hold but hopefull they have .Many thankss for you help and I will certainly look to use your company again Cheers JK 1113
Dear Alan 'Dogsbody'. Many thanks for the Purple Beech trees, delivered safely and in great condition so guess my courier was top of the class. The trees look fantastic and going to start planting this weekend as per your guidelines. Bit of a daunting thought, 80 to plant but hopefully by 2013/2014 they will have grown enough to provide the necessary windbreak. Looking on the bright side no watering needed as our village flooded on Tuesday. Love your emails & website comments - keep up the humour as not enough of it around these days. Once again, many thanks for this excellent product. J. Brookes 0912
Due to courier unpredictability, we advise having your trees delivered AT LEAST 3 days before you actually need them.
Returning Cell Grown Trees
For Phytosanitary reasons, some cell grown trees cannot be returned to the nursery. A list of plants affected is shown here.
Delaying Planting Cell Grown Trees
If you cannot plant straight away, take the trees out of the packaging and stand upright next to each other in a sheltered location outside. November to March, no need to water unless they start to dry out and these would be ok for up to 6 weeks. During Spring and Summer, you can do this for up to 3 weeks.
Site Conditions And Evergreen Tree List
Our tree chart details which site conditions suit which trees and also which are evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Feeding Or Fertilizing Hedges
Any nitrogen based fertilizer will do such as 20:20:10 but the longer lasting ones which take 18/24 months are better as they are regulated by the weather and moisture therefore release slowly.
Second line of hedging or staggered row
We recommend planting the second line of trees 25cm or 10 inches away from the first if using the staggered hedging approach. Consider buying 10% more than you need and plant the spares elsewhere so you have immediate replacements for damaged or diseased trees.
For all hedging protection please view the Tree Extra section.
You would think that thorny plants would put rabbits off from eating them however this is not the case. They are happy to take the pain regardless of the cost (sounds like rabbits would be suited to marriage)
Hedge Growth Rates
For information on rates of growth please click "Hedge Growth Rates"
Using Bark or wood chip mulch for hedging trees
Mice like to use this as a nest/home/holiday retreat and they eat the bark (especially Beech). Periodically check for damage below the mulch or bark layer. Alternatively use gravel or plastic sheeting as a method of keeping weeds.
Adding Fragrance And Colour To Your Hedge.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is a very popular addition to any garden due to the strong fragrance, splash of colours and interest it generates from other wildlife. Click the link to find out more.
Coastal PlantingFactors Detrimental To Cell Grown/Young Hedging Trees
Trees suitable for coastal hedging include Aspen, Hawthorn, Holly, Juniper, Rowan, Whitebeam and Willows.
Too much/little water, animal Urine, excessive wind exposure (will slow growth), salt spray, frost on new growth, herbicide drift and over application of fertilizer.
Hedge Tree Growing In The UK
We have instructed all our hedging trees that no non-UK holidays are allowed so that we can state they are all UK grown. Planting In The Corner Of A GardenAir and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over 1000 trees can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057
Semi Evergreen Beech Beech is semi-evergreen and its leaves will turn brown over Autumn and stay on the tree. These will then be pushed off by new growth.