Add Interest and Beauty to your Landscape with a Purple Fountain Beech

Spending time outdoors this spring has given me a greater appreciation for the beauty right outside my door.  Being married to a landscaper definitely has its perks! 

I have been talking about adding color to your landscape this spring, so I thought I would focus on a few of my favorite plants that will add instant color and beauty to your landscape.  Mike has a few of his favorites as well and this tree is one that we both agree on.  The Purple Fountain Beech is a gorgeous, unique accent tree that is sure to turn heads. 

Our home backs up to a creek and a walking path.  We have a beautiful Purple Fountain Beech growing in our backyard that walkers comment on all the time. 

The color and shape of this tree makes it unique and beautiful.  Its attractive deep purple foliage turns burgundy in the spring.  The pointy leaves turn an outstanding coopery bronze in the fall and it has a smooth silver bark that it shows off in the winter.  It has an unusual columnar cascading shape that stands stately against an evergreen background. 

Plant Characteristics:

Purple Fountain Beech (Fagus Sylvatica) can grow up to 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn’t necessarily require facer plants in front, 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 particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

As a landscaper, Mike loves using beautiful, unique accent trees in his designs to add variety and interest.  The Purple Fountain Beech is one that is sure to add interest to your landscape.

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