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Cultural Details for Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Tricolor'

Common Name:
Purple Tricolor Beech

Growth Rate:
Slow to Medium

Average Mature Height:
10'

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious; male and female on the same tree; male in globose heads; mistillate in spikes with 2-4 flowers. April-early May with the emerging leaves.

Fruit Details:
Nuts triangular, 0.625" long, usually two enclosed in a long, hard, woody, four lobed husk covered with bristles, borne singly in an erect pubescent pedicle.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Smooth gray, usually darker than the American Beech; developing an elephant hide appearance on old trunks; a beauty unmatched by other trees.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Some bark disease problems, most notably occuring at or originating from damaged portions of the bark

Native Habitat:
Europe

Other Features:
Purple leaves are edged and striped with rose and pinkish-white. Leaves narrower than usual. May be the same as 'Roseomarginata'.

Culture and Care:
Slightly more adaptable to different soil conditions than the American Beech (F. grandifolia), but otherwise similar… prefers moist, well-drained, acid (pH 5-6.5) soil; will not withstand wet or compacted soils, or soil oxygen concentration below 15%.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1031

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu