Tree & Hedge Company

Copper Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’

A traditional native hedge valued for its decorative purple leaves which turn copper in autumn and remain on the hedge throughout the winter months providing year-round interest and privacy screening.

Soil types
Well-drained chalk soil, sandy soil or loam soil
Full sun to shade
Annual growth rate
Average 40-50cm
Winter leaf retention, tolerates pruning
Avoid planting in heavy clay or acidic soil
Mildly acidic to alkaline, calcareous soils
Formal and privacy hedges High screen hedges
Dense wide spreading roots sensitive to compaction
Formal hedge pruning
Twice during the growing season and always at the end of summer
Informal hedge pruning
Suitable for livestock or horse enclosures

Easily recognized by its beautiful purple leaves which appear in April, usually starting out as new, shiny wavy red then maturing to purple. The leaves turn reddish-brown in autumn as the hedge enters its dormant winter phase. During the winter months the dead leaves hold onto the branches and remain on the hedge through to the spring providing all year-round privacy like an evergreen hedge does.

Copper beech make excellent formal garden hedges and privacy screens. It can be planted in full sun or partial shade and its preference is moist, but well-drained soil. However, heavy clays soils or locations subject to prolonged periods of waterlogging are best avoided.

Our Prices

£91.00 per metre (supply only)

£123.50 per metre (supply, plant & guarantee)

The above costs are for our award winning, fully formed, instant hedges at 1.2 metres (4ft) high. 1.5m (5ft) and 1.8m (6ft) high options are also available. Prices are based on 50 linear metres of hedge supply and are subject to haulage charges within 50 miles of our nursery although we can also deliver to anywhere within the UK. Our guarantee is subject to the inclusion of our automatic irrigation system being installed whilst the planting of the hedge is carried out and also the following on monitoring aftercare costs carried out by one of our maintenance operatives. Costs will be provided for this service. All of our hedges are subject to availability at time of ordering. If required, hedge ends cost £75.00 each.

Instant Hedge Projects

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