SelecTree: Tree Detail
PURPLE EUROPEAN BEECH
Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea'
Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
Good in containers.
Additional Common Names
PURPLE EUROPEAN BEECH, PURPLE BEECH
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Conical, Oval or Rounded Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 50 - 75 feet.
Width: 40 - 60 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Elliptic to Ovate, Glossy Purple, Bronze or Red, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Nut in Spiny Husk, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall Edible.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense out of Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 7.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium to Medium Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea' Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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