BEECH Fagus sylvatica purpurea
A hedge to mark
the seasons, deciduous in name, but maintaining
an effective screen all year. Lush purple spring
growth gradually changes to purplish green through
summer, then to copper tan in autumn. Brown
leaves hold on right through win-ter, falling
as the new leaves burst forth.
Beech will grow
in most soil conditions, preferring alkaline
to acid soil. Many NZ soils are acid so a heavy
dressing of lime will enhance growth. The site
must be free draining, as beech will not tolerate
waterlogged conditions. Irrigation is necessary
where light free-draining soils or drought conditions
Beech hedges are
easy to manage, as they do not make huge growth
flushes; a clip in summer keeps a formal shaped
hedge, with a light trim in late summer tidying
up any late summer flush.
We have excellent
3-year-old plants at 50-75cm and 75-100cm.