Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’
columnar purple European beech
The dark purple foliage of this magnificent columnar tree is difficult not to notice. In spring deep reddish-purple leaves emerge and darken to burgundy purple. In winter the strong upright limbs surround a central trunk with smooth pale gray bark create and interesting bare framework. It is one of the most striking and beautiful of all columnar trees.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, cream, silver, yellow
Great Color Partners: dark green, lavender, purple, violet
Culture NotesThis European beech can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions from sand to clay as long as the drainage is adequate. Once established it only needs occasional watering during prolonged dry periods. It is a handsome specimen and should be provided enough space to fully develop. It rarely needs pruning to maintain its naturally graceful and majestic form and the thin, delicate bark can be easily injured. For these reasons, consult an experienced pruner or arborist before attempting to prune. Woolly aphids can be a minor problem, but sprays are not required since they do not jeopardize the tree’s vigor or health. Avoid planting near driveways or patios where the “honeydew” from the aphids can create sticky surfaces and the maturing roots can damage the pavement.
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Plant Type: columnar tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: regular to occasional watering