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Copper Beech Tree Fagus sylvatica

Growing Copper Beech Trees: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Deciduous tree
  • Oldest on Record 1,000+ years
  • USDA Zones 4-7
  • Light Prefers sun
  • Crown Round canopy
  • Location Landscape
  • Other Uses Hedge
  • Design Tip Statement tree
  • Peak Season Purple in autumn

Copper Beech Trees: A Field Guide

A cousin of European beech, copper beech is a statement tree in a landscape and may reach heights of more than 120 feet if given sufficient space and centuries. 

Since first being recorded in 15th-century Germany, copper beech also has made itself known as an ensemble performer, and can be grown as hedging in a smaller space. Be warned, though, that its purplish leaves are not universally admired as a backdrop. The great 20th-century landscaper Russell Page wrote in his classic The Education of a Gardener: “Nothing destroys the harmony of a garden more than the dark blotch of a copper beech.” We respectfully disagree.

Planting, Care & Design of Copper Beech

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