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Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'

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

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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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive marshall_smith On Feb 14, 2010, marshall_smith from Fairview, OR wrote:

Tree is 10 yrs old and thriving. It's about 15' tall and very slender. We live in the mouth of the Columbia Gorge, which means cold winds and ice storms in winter and hot dry winds (100 deg plus) in summer.

Positive holethree On Oct 28, 2009, holethree from Hartville, OH wrote:

We have three of these very healthy, beautiful trees. Even with the strong eastern winter winds that come across the frozen lake , they survive and survive well. I only wish that I knew how to prune one of them that seems to have a wayward mind of its own.

Positive picea On Jul 7, 2005, picea from Cincinnati, OH wrote:

This may be the nicest of the weeping beech as it does not have to be staked. It sends out a leader on its own. Very nice form and color. If places in the right setting this plant can also grow fairly fast.


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

Clovis, California
Rock Island, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Brighton, Michigan
Pinckney, Michigan
Cincinnati, Ohio
Fairview, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Lexington, Virginia
Ames Lake, Washington

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