fagus sylvatica 'riversii' (Rivers' Purple Beech)

Undoubtedly the finest form of all the Purple Beeches. The leaves are pink when young, turning to purple in summer and gold in autumn. Grows to 30ft in 20 years. It's a big tree, but slower growing than the ordinary European Beech.

They like plenty of space and light in order to look their best, bringing out their shape and purpleness. Any reasonably well-drained soil is fine - remember how well they grow on chalk hills.

Features Hardiness rating

Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

Soil - Dry/Well drained, Space & Light, Trees - Large Green

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