You don’t see many of them out there, for they haven’t always been available to us here in the States. Home to Europe and parts of Asia the Purple Beech can grow in any zone 5 or 6 area if the authorities allow it their our country, which they have here.
It is a very slow growing tree, reaching a height of around 50 feet in fifty years, with an equal width to match. The planting spot needs to be out in the sun; with soil requiring only that it is well draining. Water, like any newly planted tree, should be “hose” accessible for at least the first two years.
Weepers are also available in this genus, and can be used in more limited areas because of their genetic makeup. Pruning goes as follows, cut off anything that doesn’t weep down.
The leaves seem to come in two different color situations: purplish-burgundy, and a variegated red. Either one is different, both are unique to the much green that makes up most of our landscape.