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PlantFiles: Common Beech, European Beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula'

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fagus (FAG-us) (Info)
Species: sylvatica (sil-VAT-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Purpurea Pendula

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mythmorph On Jun 2, 2012, mythmorph from Waldoboro, ME wrote:

There are two immense Weeping Beech trees here in Nobleboro, ME -- was Zone 5 but probably by now, we're approaching Zone 6. These must be quite old, judging from their size. Absolutely gorgeous trees!

Neutral Karenn On Jun 27, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

"Tri-color" is NOT a synonym for "purple fountain" weeping beech. They are TWO different varieties!

Positive ianltaylor On Jun 26, 2003, ianltaylor wrote:

Collect seed in fall as it is ejected by the leathery covering and sow outdoors in a sheltered location as soon as possible. If collecting seed from a Purpurea variety of the species only about ten percent will be of good color. Seedlings will vary from green leaved to shades of copper to dark purple. Trees only produce good crops of seed once in five years, most not being viable. A simple way of determining viability while collecting is to observe that the sides of the triangular shaped seed are convex rather than concave. I have grown many seedlings for use as Bonsai with great success.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fremont, California
San Leandro, California
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Waldoboro, Maine
Acton, Massachusetts
Brighton, Michigan
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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