Pleached Copper Beech, Pleached Purple Beech

Pleached Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’, Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea (Fagaceae)

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Like the Fagus sylvatica the Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’, is an imposing tree. Careful consideration needs to be given to the positioning of this trees due to its striking purple colour in spring. In the right situation there is no substitute for Pleached Copper Beech or “Purple Beech”, the effect can be sensational.

  • Deciduous
  • High and low pleached options
  • Also available as hedge plants, instant hedge elements, specimen trees, clean stem and feathered trees, tall standard, multistem trees, topiary shapes including columns/cylinders/beehives/domes/ball on stem/cube on stem/layer cake/cubes and other topiary shapes, arches and archway, block on stem, box head trees
  • Stem girth from 12-14cm up to 35-40cm, occasionally bigger available but they need booking in advance
  • Various stem heights and frame sizes available
  • Trained on frame in pleached form for 1-8 years in some cases even longer
  • Pleached Copper Beech is also available as freshly pleached trees while stocks last
  • Available in pots and containers, cocoa rootball or rootball
  • Nationwide delivery service by articulated lorry, smaller vehicle by prior arrangement

Here are some examples of trees currently available. Click any image to enlarge or to send an enquiry about that specific plant.


Pleached Copper Beech or Purple Beech – Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’, Fagus sylvatica Purpurea (Fagaceae)

There have been numerous cultivars of Green Beech created by horticultural selection since the early 19th century. One of the most popular of these cultivars is the purple beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea). This Cultivar is often confused with Copper Beech – a seedling with variable leaf colour. The cultivar produces a consistent dark purple/rich red coloured leaf in the spring. Like many purple leafed varieties, the leaf colour changes gradually to a dark spinach green colour in summer, eventually looking very similar to the Common Green Beech and in certain circumstances it can be very difficult to tell the two apart at this time of year.

Purple Beech offers Designers and Landscape Architects a refreshing change to Green Beech and while careful consideration should be given to its positioning it is a really popular choice for those looking for a large tree with a purple accent. In practically all other respects it is the same as the Green Beech.

Popular as hedge plants, specimen trees, clean stem and feathered trees, multistem trees, topiary shapes including columns/cylinders/beehives/domes/ball on stem/cube on stem/layer cake/cubes and other topiary shapes. Arches and archway, Hi and Low pleached trees, block on stem or box head trees. Available as rootball plants in the winter months, potted stock available while stocks last and cocoa rootball can be arranged for delivery throughout summer period by prior arrangement.

Planting advice for Pleached trees, Freshly Pleached trees, Espalier trees and Freshly Espaliered trees.

An important consideration when planting pleached or espalier trees in a straightfreshly pleached trees ready to be planted line is the slope of the ground. Pleached or Espalier trees look their best when they are planted on flat or gently sloping ground. Doing so will line up the frames and stems and creating effect of one continuous line when viewed at all angles. Even on a gradual slope this effect can be achieved. However, with a slope of more than 10-12 degrees, it may be necessary to step the trees/frames when planting (the frames on freshly pleached trees can be manipulated to account for a sharper slope of perhaps 15 degree if necessary).

To create a good visual effect, it is important to line up the stems and frames (unless you are planting them in a circle or semi-circle). To start off the planting holes should measure roughly double the width of the rootball or pot….

Read our full planting guide here

How are Pleached Trees made?

freshly pleaching trees on framePleached trees or screen trees start life as a seedling or cutting, much like any other tree, being repotted or replanted a number of times in their formative years. They grow happily on the nursery with hundreds or even thousands of other trees. When the time is right, highly skilled nurserymen and woman go out into the field amongst the trees with tags in hand and pick the very best trees for pleaching. The criteria for choosing the best trees for training includes, selecting those with the straightest stems, healthy root stock and appropriately spreading and uninform crowns. Once tagged and lifted the trees are loaded onto trailers and sent to potting sheds for training. Read our full guide to pleaching trees here

Delivery varies depending on:lifting large plants over a house

  • How many trees you require
  • If you want us to plant them
  • Accessibility of the site
  • If any need sourcing
  • The seasonal ability to lift or plant specific species

    Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

We Have Many More Pleached Species Available

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