Fagus sylvatica ‘Purple Fountain’

columnar weeping copper beech

  • © Guy Meacham

Outstanding Qualities

Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' is a great beech for small gardens due to the narrow silhouette created by its upright trunk and cascading branches. GPP member Claude LeDoux admires the "rich, intense color" of its glossy purplish leaves. This columnar beech makes an elegant specimen tree, and despite its weeping form, it does not need staking. Growth is much slower than the typical species. This cultivar was a chance seedling of Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula', which has a wider habit."

Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during prolonged dry periods

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, gold, silver, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: purple, bronze, burgundy

Culture Notes
This 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 sticky “honeydew” from the aphids can create sticky surfaces.