Purple Fountain European Beech
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - TreeGrowth Rate - Slow to MediumMature Height - 25'Mature Width - 12-15'Longevity -
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Monoecious; male and female on the same tree; male in globose heads; mistillate in spikes with 2-4 flowers. April-early May with the emerging leaves.Fruit - Nuts triangular, 0.625" long, usually two enclosed in a long, hard, woody, four lobed husk covered with bristles, borne singly in an erect pubescent pedicle.Leaf - Fall Color - Bark - Smooth gray, usually darker than the American Beech; developing an elephant hide appearance on old trunks; a beauty unmatched by other trees.Other Features - Purple leaves fade in the summer heat; Narrow upright central stem, from which the branches hang down in a loose, cascading fashion.Possible Use - Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - Slightly more adaptable to different soil conditions than the American Beech (F. grandifolia), but otherwise similar… prefers moist, well-drained, acid (pH 5-6.5) soil; will not withstand wet or compacted soils, or soil oxygen concentration below 15%.Native Habitat - EuropeDiseases and Insects - Some bark disease problems, most notably occuring at or originating from damaged portions of the barkStrength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Beech.- Other plants of the family Fagaceae.- Other plants of the genus Fagus.- Other plants of the species Fagus sylvatica.