12 European Purple Beech Tree Seeds-Beautiful, deep Purple leaves that turn to Bronze/Copper in the winter and remain until Spring

12 European Purple Beech Tree Seeds-Beautiful, deep Purple leaves that turn to Bronze/Copper in the winter and remain until Spring

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12 Purple Leaf European Beech Tree Seeds
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea’
Purple Beech, Copper Beech, Pureia Beech, Frenchman’s Beech

Description: This massive tree will reach a height and spread of 75 or more feet. Forest grown trees reach up to 120+ feet. The tree is naturally low-branched with attractive deep, glossy purplish- green leaves providing deep, inviting shade.
USDA Zones: 2b – 8b
Height: 75 - 125+'.
Diameter: 2 - 4 1/2"
Bark: Light gray; smooth, thin.
Twigs: Slender, ending in long narrow scaly buds, with short side twigs or spurs.
Leaves: Young leaves are deep black red; change to purple green and then very dark green.
Flowers: With new leaves in spring. Male flowers small, yellowish with many stamens, crowded in ball 3/4-1" (2-2.5 cm) in diameter, hanging on slender hairy stalk to 2" (5 cm). Female flowers about 1/4" (6 mm) long, bordered by narrow hairy reddish scales, 2 at end of short stalk.
Fruit: 1/2-3/4" (12-19 mm) long; short-stalked light brown prickly burs; maturing in autumn and splitting into 4 parts. Usually 2 nuts, about 5/8" (15 mm) long, 3-angled, shiny brown, known as beechnuts.
Habitat: Moist rich soils of uplands and well-drained lowlands; often in pure stands.
Sun: Full sun to dense shade. When young, it is best to have as much sun as possible for the tree. As the tree grows older, it will tolerate more shade.
Soil: Works in most any soils. From dry uplands to swampy locations. Is planting in a wet location, mound or hill soil so that the sapling is not immersed in water. Later, it will have the benefit of the additional height, as well as additional soil for the root growth.
Propagation: Seed are the best method, sown directly into their permanent location. If growing indoors, use a growing station, propagator set, or other contained method of growing.
Diseases: Usually none are serious provided soil is not compacted and is well-drained.
Little grows in the dense shade of a Beech tree but if low branches are left on the tree no ground cover or grass is needed. In the fall, the leaves turn bronze but weather to a light tan color.
Bonsai Uses: Is a wonderful addition to any bonsai collector. Very manageable and very beautiful. Wiring is simple, and training is very easy. Makes a stunning showpiece.
Discussion: European Beech is a handsome shade tree and bears similar edible beechnuts, which are consumed in quantities by wildlife, especially squirrels, raccoons, bears, other mammals, and game birds. Unlike most trees, beeches retain smooth bark in age. The trunks are favorites for carving and preserve initials and dates indefinitely. Of note: American Beech was recognized by the colonists, who already knew the famous, closely related European Beech. Some carvings can still be seen in the bark of beeches from colonial time in America, and from the French Revolution in France.

Materials: 12 European Purple Beech Tree Seeds