Fagus sylvatica 'PURPUREA NANA'

Fagus sylvatica
Fagus sylvatica  'PURPUREA NANA'
dwarf copper beech
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES burgundy red
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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The latest horticultural trend in Europe is proceeding towards smaller and dwarf-growing varieties that can be placed in gardens of limited sizes. We regard that as an excellent way of thinking about plant lovers and enthusiastically welcome every novelty that the breeders come up with.

This copper beech is a perfect example of a long awaited plant. Since many of us love red-leaved trees “Purpurea Nana” is a dream come true because it belongs to dwarf varieties that can enrich even the smallest of gardens. Its leaves are deep purple, almost reddish-black, glossy, and are borne densely along deep purple twigs.

Thanks to its minimized growth rate it is very popular among bonsai lovers. Already a small plant is well branched and has plenty of leaves so it makes an eye-catching jewel in the middle of a group of other small or groundcovering shrubs. Or it can be placed as a sole standing specimen. In any case, for the best contrast we suggest planting it near or in front of rich green trees or shrubs. You can trim or shape it in late winter.

It will grow in almost any soil type including chalky. For best results in leaf colour plant it in full sun. Fully hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 23-12-2007

  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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