Description: A rare form of purple beech with wavy margined deep red to nearly black-brown leaves which are darker than any other beech. Leaves turn yellow brown, sometimes orange in the autumn.
Uses: In time this will grow into a majestic, spreading deciduous tree which is ideal as a lawn specimen. Beech trees have shallow broad-reaching roots and create dense shade.
Climate/Position: Best in full sun for good colour. Established trees tolerate some drought.
Height/Spread: A majestic large tree reaching 20 - 25 metres height and spread.
Soil Requirements: Soils should be not too wet, well-drained soil, rich in humus content. Tolerant of chalky soils.
Pruning: No pruning required.
Additional Interest: Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Latifolia' is a selection of brown beeches that was vegetatively propagated cultivar that originated in Germany before 1877, 'Purpurea Latifolia' is similar to the famed 'Riversii'