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The Purple Beech is a very popular choice as a standalone specimen and make great alternatives to fences or walls when grown as hedges. It has stunning dark purple-red foliage in the spring, turning into a dark green-bronze gradually over the year. They will grow perfectly well in either sun or partial shade and thrive on almost any well-drained soil. Purple Beech forms a fantastically dense windbreak hedge.
|Type Bare Root||Height 60-80cm||Age 3 Years (1＋2)||Delivery 3-4 Days||Plants Per Bundle 25||1+ £120.00 £100.00 (£4.00 Per Plant) (£4.80 Per Plant)||2+ £114.00 £95.00 (£4.56 Per Plant) (£3.80 Per Plant)||10+ £109.50 £91.25 (£4.38 Per Plant) (£3.65 Per Plant)||20+ £102.00 £85.00 (£4.08 Per Plant) (£3.40 Per Plant)|
We grow all of our Purple Beech right here in the UK, at our nursery in Herefordshire. They’re grown in an iron-rich soil that’s chock full of nutrients and minerals to help our Purple Beech grow strong and give some extra sheen to their signature deep glossy foliage. Our fields sprawl across the base of the Malvern Hills, exposing our plants to varied and intense weather throughout the year. Unlike some nurseries that import their plants from overseas, we’ve grown ours to be hardy against our harsh UK climate. If you’re looking for Purple Beech that has been grown just as nature intended right here in the country, then look no further.
It’s is no stranger to parks and woodlands across the UK, when allowed to grow as full-sized trees they are very popular as a standalone specimen and they make great alternatives to fences or walls when grown as hedges. They’re majestic looking plants, with thick branches and a spreading habit, casting plenty of shade from their broad canopies. The bark is smooth and grey, with rippling that runs across in occasional spots. The flowers are small, and end up being covered by those large glossy leaves most of the time. Their nuts ripen in the autumn, and attract plenty of smaller animals to the branches looking for a feast. Around this same time the leaves turn slowly to a dark coppery brown, creating a gorgeously stark contrast against the grey bark. Despite being deciduous, the leaves will usually manage to hang around through the winter, dropping only to make way for the new growth in spring.
Grown as a hedge, Purple Beech forms a dense barrier that is great for soundproofing. They can be trimmed back decently hard without too much trouble, and they make for a good formal hedge.
We’ve grown our Purple Beech to be ready for our country’s tough growing conditions, so they’ll be fine in either sun or partial shade. They’ll thrive on almost any well-drained soil, acid or alkaline. However, if you’re planting on very wet sites, then Hornbeam is a similar tree that thrives better in those conditions. Our Purple Beech is perfectly happy in windy areas, and forms a fantastically dense windbreak hedge.
|Foliage Colour (Main Interest)||Purple|
|Habit||Bushy, Spreading / Branched|
|Time to Ultimate Height (years)||50 Years|
|Rate of Growth (per year)||Average (20-40cm)|
|Soil Moisture||Well-drained, Moist but well-drained|
|Soil Type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, November, December|
|Amount of Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Weather Exposure||Exposed, Sheltered|
|Aspect||North-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing|
|Delivery Time||1 Working Day|
Why Buy Bare Root Plants
Bare root plants are the perfect choice when you are creating a hedge on a budget. This method of planting is the most cost and time efficient, allowing us to pass those savings on to you, and significant discounts are available for buying bare root plants in bulk. Grown outdoors in its basic form all year round - No pot, no peat, no heat - our bare root stock comes with the added assurance that it’s acclimatised to British winters, hardy as nature intended. Grown from seed in rich Herefordshire soil all our bare roots plants are available at varying sizes and ages to fit any hedge development.
Bare root plants are lifted to order from November until March when they are dormant to reduce the shock of transplanting them. Bare Root hedging is delivered without soil on the roots. this means that you don't have to pay for the weight of the soil as you would with a Root Balled plant, making them more cost effective. We recommend that all Bare Root hedging plants should be planted as soon as possible as the plant is still alive and the roots need to be kept moist.
If you are unable to immediately plant your bare roots plants, we recommend a number of storage guidelines to ensure they remain healthy out of the ground. Store them in a cool, dry, dark location, making sure they are not exposed to any wind or frost. Do not soak the roots in a bucket of water as they will retain the right amount of moisture needed, you can water them well once they are planted if you are concerned the roots are too dry.
How we Measure Our Bare Root Plants
Our plants are usually measured by height - '30-40cm' means a plant is between 30cm and 40cm high measured from soil level to the top of the plant - the roots are not included in the measurement.
|(0/1)||1 Year Old - Hardwood cutting taken from a strong, healthy shoot on a mature plant. Cutting is grown outdoors for 1 year to develop a healthy root system.|
|(1+0)||1 Year Old - 1 year seedling grown at wide spacing. Seedling is undercut (roots are trimmed below the soil) during the growing season to promote a compact and fibrous root system and regulate plant height. This makes it a cheaper specification suitable when planting where weed competition will be less intense, soil is shallow or on exposed windy sites. Give high root to shoot ratio and minimal plant 'check'.|
|(1+1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 1 year. They commonly range from 40-60cms or 60-80cms and is often the best choice and the staple norm. Gives robust plant with fibrous and compact roots.|
|(1u1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings are undercut and grown in situ for 1 further year. The effect of this gives a slimmer, straighter plant.|
|(1+2)||3 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 2 years. The effect of this gives a stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+1)||3 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for a further year. Gives stockier, bushier plant.|
|(1+3)||4 Year Old - 1 year old seedling grown in seed bed then lined out for 3 years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+2)||4 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for 2 further years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants.
A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or to create a wind break.
There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge. For example: Bare root Yew should not really be planted any closer than 3 plants per metre due to its vast established spread, whereas a tight Box hedge should be planted with 5 plants in a single row.
Our rough guide of planting distances:
|Plant Height||Recommended Planting Density
|Up to 100cm||3-5 per metre for a single row|
|Up to 100cm||5-7 per metre for a double row|
|100 - 175cm||3 per metre for a single row|
|100 - 175cm||5 per metre for a double row|
|175cm +||2 per metre for a single row|
|175cm +||4 per metre for a double row|
Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.