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Purple Fountain

Fagus sylvatica
Purple Fountain has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Purple Fountain is a popular purple-leaved weeping beech, with steeply pendulous branches reach down to the ground. The main attraction is the rich dark purple leaves, which take on coppery-hues in the autumn.

Purple Fountain is also impressive in the winter, when its weeping shape is clear to see. The smooth silver-grey bark is also a feature.

Purple Fountain, like all Weeping Beeches, tends to be quite a bit smaller than the Common Beech, and is likely to reach 6m or so after 10 years, and perhaps 10m in the longer term. It also grows with a narrower and more upright habit. Both these characteristics make it a good choice as a specimen tree in a reasonably large garden.

Purple Fountain beech trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £69.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Purple Fountain will grow in most soils and situations, but avoid locations prone to flooding or waterlogging, and coastal sites.


Purple Fountain was discovered in the Netherlands in the 1960s and is a seedling of Purpurea Pendula, a purple -leaved weeping beech.

Purple Fountain characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitWeepingUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteWindy siteFree-draining site
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Leaf colourDark purple
  • Leaf colour - autumnBronze / Purple
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • BarkGrey
  • Country of originNetherlands
  • Annual cycleDeciduous