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Purple Fountain Weeping Beech Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'

The Purple Fountain weeping beech tree is most likely one of the arresting and eye-catching trees you've ever seen. This unusual cultivar lives up to its name: the leaves are an attractive shade of purple-red, which is most noticeable in spring and early summer. The tree's silhouette, meanwhile, is a dramatically weeping columnar shape, taller than it is wide. This shape comes naturally to these trees: it requires little to no pruning to make it the star in your garden. Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' is an easy-to-grow tree that is amenable to conditions throughout most of the continental U.S., in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 7. Here are a few more reasons to love the Purple Fountain weeping beech tree:

  • It is an attractive tree to songbirds, who often nest in its thick canopy.
  • The Purple Fountain weeping beech tree isn't susceptible to most diseases or insect infestations.
  • It makes an excellent addition to Asian or Zen gardens.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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You'll get the best from your tree if you grow it in full sun — six or more hours of direct light a day.

Watering

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Once established, this drought-resistant tree will only need supplemental watering during extremely dry weather.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize lightly in spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer designed for landscape trees and shrubs.

Planting and Care

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by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on May 12, 2022

Planting instructions

Site your tree where it will receive full sun, in soil that drains well. Note that it can grow to 25 feet tall, and thus you should avoid placing it under overhead wires. Unpot your sapling, teasing out any encircling roots, which can girdle the tree and slowly kill it. Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Throw in a few handfuls of well-rotted compost or manure and place the sapling on top of it. Holding it steady and upright, fill in around your tree with topsoil, tamping down as you go to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of an organic mulch, such as bark chips, to help conserve water.

Watering and nutrients

When it is newly planted, water your beech tree a few times a week. When you see robust new growth starting, you can taper back to a once-a-week watering for the rest of the first year. Once the tree is established, it should only need supplemental watering when you are experiencing a heat wave or extreme drought. Fertilize your tree lightly in spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer designed for landscape plantings.

Pollination

Weeping beech trees have tiny yellow flowers in late spring and are pollinated by the wind. They are monoecious, meaning that male and female reproductive parts are on the same tree. Fertilized flowers lead to small spiked burrs that contain seeds, which are beloved by birds and small animals.

Pruning

Other than monitoring your tree for broken, diseased, or damaged limbs, which should be pruned out when you see them, there is no need to prune your Purple Fountain weeping beech tree.

Pests, diseases, and animals

Purple Fountain weeping beech trees are robust trees with few natural enemies. Insects that may be seen on them include aphids, Japanese beetles, and beech scale insects. A healthy tree should be able to fend off minor infestations. A severe infestation may require the application of insecticides. Diseases of the beech include coral spot and root rot. Avoid overwatering and clear up debris around the tree to avoid fungal issues.

Achieving maximum results

There are countless ways to utilize the effortless beauty of Purple Fountain weeping beech in your garden. Its asymmetrical silhouette makes it a great choice for a Japanese-inspired garden, for example. It can serve as a privacy screen or informal, loose hedge, and it has the presence to be able to stand on its own as a specimen tree and focal point for all but the most formal gardens. Or consider an arrangement that includes a weeping beech fronted by some shorter lilacs or weigela.

FAQs

What areas are best for growing Purple Fountain weeping beech trees?

These trees are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 7, which means that they can handle temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. They can be grown as far north as Maine and Vermont. The southern end of their range touches on northern Texas and runs through the middle of the southern states. It is not a tropical tree, and probably won't thrive in, for example, Florida or Louisiana.

How fast does a Purple Fountain weeping beech grow?

Beeches are slow-growing trees, putting on inches of growth rather than feet each year. It may take several decades for your tree to reach its maximum height of 25 feet. They are, however, long-lived trees, and a Purple Fountain weeping beech can easily thrive for more than 150 years.

Do weeping beech trees lose their leaves in winter?

Yes, beech trees are deciduous, meaning that they drop their leaves and go dormant during the winter months. One of the benefits of this is that you can enjoy the arrestingly twisted, weeping branches of the Purple Fountain more easily in the winter than summer. It is, in fact, an excellent choice if you are looking for a tree with good winter interest.

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Mature height
25 ft.
Mature width
15 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun  
Growth rate
Slow
Botanical name
Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'
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Grows Well In Zones
4-7
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Growing Zones: 4-7 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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