Copper Beech hedging is a purple version of Common (Green) Beech and its Latin name is Fagus sylvatica purpurea. Instead of its leaves being green like normal beech, its leaves come out in purple shades that can look very attractive. Like normal beech, copper beech leaves will turn a golden-copper brown colour in the autumn and will remain on the tree all winter and they will only be pushed off by new growth the following spring. This helps a beech hedge to give an added level of visual privacy all year round.
Some people enjoy planting the occasional random copper beech within a green beech hedge to add a striking element to the hedge.
Using pot grown copper beech trees is the most effective way to planting a copper beech hedge and giving it the best chance of establishing quickly. These beech hedge plants are all 5-6ft (150-180cm) and come in a 7lt pot so their roots are well established and are a much more premium product than bare root beech hedging.
These plants will put on around 1-1.5ft (30-45cm) of growth a year after planting and should be trimmed at their desired height when it is reached to encourage your hedge to thicken out. Being relatively tall, these plants will come close to achieving immediate eye level privacy, especially if planted in a double row.
Copper Beech hedging should be planted 45cm apart in a single row (as shown in the photograph) or 60cm apart in a double row.
Beech do not like waterlogged soil but if you are planting during the drier months of the year, it is important to water them properly during their first year after planting. This is best done using leaky hose which is cheap, easy to install and highly effective. See our Accessories page for more details.
More information on beech and copper beech hedges can be found on the beech hedging category page.