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Fagus sylvatica var. heterophylla (Atropurpurea Group) ‘Ansorgei’

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height20m to 4m
  • Spread6m
  • Speed of GrowthVery slow
  • Growth HabitOpen branched
  • Leaf ColourPurple

Description

Fagus sylvatica var. heterophylla (Atropurpurea Group) ‘Ansorgei’. This is a very slow growing Beech with unusually long and narrow, purple leaves on long arching branches.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Small tree

Origin

Germany

Interest and use

Grown for its habit, for foliage interest and as a specimen plant.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Cultivation

They will require sun or semi-shade; the purple-leaved forms will prefer full sun, the yellow-leaved forms prefer a little shade. They will grow well in any but waterlogged soil.

Propagation

Propagate species by seed in autumn, selected forms by budding in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Problems may be caused by bracket fungi, canker-causing fungi, aphids and beech coccus.

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