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most "purple" purple Fagus sylvatica

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 25, 14 at 14:07

I've always liked European beeches - they're so-so around here, plenty of nice specimens but we're probably a tad hotter/more humid than they really like.

That said, they usually grow OK.

In a hotter summer climate, which of the F. sylvatica cultivars with purplish leaf color have the "truest" purple that stays around longest (not turning muddy in summer)? I'm more interested in those with a standard growth form as opposed to fagistate or weeping.


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RE: most "purple" purple Fagus sylvatica

  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 25, 14 at 14:17

I've heard that 'Purpurea Nana' remains on the purple side.

The only European Beech that I've seen maintain good purple foliage is Dawyck Purple but that one is fagistate


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RE: most "purple" purple Fagus sylvatica

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 25, 14 at 14:29

Three of the best cultivars of this group are ‘Riversii’ with its big, dark, glossy leaves and wide crown, ‘Spaethiana’, the one with the darkest leaves, and ‘Swat Margret’, possessing very dark leaves with undulating rims. Each of these forms has its good points and its bad points. Personal preference will determine which one to grow. A fourth selection, 'Frisio' has recently appeared from Holland. It may be even better

Here is a link that might be useful: CULTIVARS OF EUROPEAN BEECH


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RE: most "purple" purple Fagus sylvatica

I remember reading about some cultivar out of Germany that is supposedly good - but I can't recall the name.


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RE: most "purple" purple Fagus sylvatica

'Swat Margret’ is the one I was thinking of. Thanks for that link.


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RE: most "purple" purple Fagus sylvatica

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 25, 14 at 22:44

Looks like Bob has offered it this year.

Here is a link that might be useful: 'Swat Margaret'


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