Beech does particularly well in calcareous soils. Generally, chalk, clay, sandy and loam soils from slightly acidic to alkaline.


Copper beech need sun to maintain its purple leaf colour.

Annual Growth Rate

Copper beech growth rate is 45-50cm per annum


Copper beech does particularly well in calcareous soils although mildly acid soils can be tolerated. Generally, from slightly acidic to alkaline.

Root Structure

Copper beech have the greatest root density of all European trees, widely spreading, compact, branched and very strong


Copper beech are often used for hedging. They are sensitive to industrial air pollution and salt and soil pollution.

Annual Pruning

Copper beech trees take well to being cut. However, only require pruning to shape up or to remove dead and damaged branches.


Copper beech is an impressive large tree with a round crown, beautiful purple leaves and smooth silvery-grey bark.

The native copper beech tree can reach the grand old age of 300-400 years. It has a large, broad and round crown.

The bark is grey and smooth. Foliage is Deciduous, oval to ovate and shiny purple in colour. They appear in April. In the autumn, the leaves change colour to copper then dry-out turning brown and sometimes remain on the tree through the winter months. Small inconspicuous catkins appear in May. Beech nuts are mildly poisonous.

Price & Availability


Spring - Summer

Mature Tree


60-65cm girth 6.5m tall

70-75cm girth 7m tall

80-85cm girth 8m tall

90-100cm girth 10m tall

100+cm girth

Semi-Mature Tree


18-20cm girth 4m tall

25-30cm girth 4.5m tall

35-40cm girth 5m tall

45-50cm girth 5m tall

55-60cm girth 5.5m tall

Young Tree


10-12cm girth 2m tall

14-16cm girth 2.2m tall

16-18cm girth 2.5m tall

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