A Purple Fountain Beech tree planted in a landscape, covered in the deep purple, almost black foliage
A closeup of the oval shaped, dark purple foliage of the Purple Fountain Beech
A Purple Fountain Beech tree planted in a landscape, covered in the deep purple, almost black foliage
A closeup of the oval shaped, dark purple foliage of the Purple Fountain Beech

Purple Fountain Beech

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'

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This plant is not available at this time through Bower & Branch. We provide this plant profile for reference only.

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  • In the spring, the foliage emerges a rich purple color ad retains its color throughout the growing season
  • Stunning foliage cascades down the weeping branching in hues of dark purples and reds
  • Bronze and copper hues blaze in fall
  • Shiny, silvery bark is exposed in winter
  • Slow growing but worth the wait
  • Tolerates a range of soil conditions and rather low maintenance 
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Mature Height: 15-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 10-15' apart

Why plant Purple Fountain Beech?

Purple Fountain Weeping Beech is a bold yet elegant accent tree that lends an air of sophistication to the landscape along with an infusion of rich, regal purple color. Growing more magnificent each year, this living sculpture will become the showpiece of your garden. Who needs flowers? This beauty proves that foliage can steal the show, too. You’ll enjoy the performance as the new leaves emerge a shimmering wine-red in spring and mature to a warm chocolate-purple color later on. Fall’s cool weather brings on gold and butterscotch tones before falling to the ground in winter, when the silver bark shimmers in the snow. When choosing your specimen tree, you can't go wrong by adding the Purple Fountain Weeping Beech to your landscape!

Purple Fountain Beech originated as a seedling of another weeping purple Beech tree, ‘Purpurea Pendula,’ which was found in Germany in the 1860s. The new seedling differed from the mother plant in that it developed a leader on its own (no staking needed) and grew two to three times taller than its mushroom-shaped parent. Purple Fountain was introduced by the Dutch nursery of F.J. Grootendorst & Sons in 1975. The Grootendorsts are well-known for their line of hardy roses (which look smashing next to this Beech’s deep purple foliage, by the way). Purple Fountain is a selection of European Beech, a tougher and more adaptable tree than the American Beeches you may have seen growing wild in much of the Eastern U.S.

How to use Purple Fountain Beech in the landscape?

Purple Fountain Beech naturally maintains a single central leader that ascends skyward while its side branches weep strongly, resulting in a gracefully shaped tree slim enough to use in foundation plantings, courtyards, and modestly sized urban lots. This choice specimen is the kind of tree you’ll want to design your whole landscape around!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-7

How To Plant Purple Fountain Beech

Despite its star-power qualities, Purple Fountain Beech isn’t a diva when it comes to care, though it will repay the kindnesses you give it in the form of evenly moist but well-drained soil, little root competition (Beeches are shallow-rooted trees), and a layer of cooling mulch. Plant this tree in full sun to coax out the richest purple color from its leaves, but don’t fret if the foliage turns bronzy-green in mid-summer. This is normal in very hot weather.

How To Water

After planting, water your new Purple Fountain Weeping Beech deeply, thoroughly, and slowly. Continue to water this way during the first growing season, every two to three days. This will ensure that your tree receives the proper amount of water during its establishment.

How To Fertilize

While planting, mix the Bower & Branch Starter Plant Food in with the soil at the base of the hole and then again at the top, when creating the care bed. Repeat fertilization each spring and fall for at least the first three years, this will ensure your tree has all the nutrients it needs to thrive.

How To Prune

Due to the slow growth habit, pruning your Purple Fountain Weeping Beech may not be needed. However, if the need does arise, it is bed to prune in late winter when the tree is dormant.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).


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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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