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Dawyck Purple Beech

Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple'

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Dawyck Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple') at The Growing Place

Dawyck Purple Beech

Dawyck Purple Beech

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Dawyck Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple') at The Growing Place

Dawyck Purple Beech foliage

Dawyck Purple Beech foliage

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Height:  40 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Common Beech, European Beech


A tall, extremely columnar tree with rich purple foliage all season long, beautiful smooth gray bark, excellent for color, a striking accent or as a tall screen; ideal size for home landscape use

Ornamental Features

Dawyck Purple Beech has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Dawyck Purple Beech is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dawyck Purple Beech is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Dawyck Purple Beech will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features