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Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' - autumn colour
  • Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' - hint of purple on spring leaves
  • Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' - established tree in late September
  • Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' - autumn colour

Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea'

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(Hornbeam) Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' is an intriguing, rare selection of hornbeam growing to be a medium sized tree eventually and is named for the purple colour of its young growing tips in spring and summer.

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An intriguing, rare selection of Carpinus which is named for the plum purple colour of its young growing tips in spring and summer. The colour is variable and usually these are purple for a time, before fading to a lush, dark green. In a good crisp autumn, the leaves turn to a reliable, rich-yellow.

Although Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' grows to be an ornamental tree if left to its own devices. In our opinion this tree is better grown for its habit and autumn colour than the spring foliage. Best display of autumn colour if planted in a position with plenty of sun.


  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Any well drained soil. Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' is tolerant of dry soil conditions.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' grows to be a small to medium sized tree with a rounded crown once established.
    • Height: up to 18 m (60 ft)
    • Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
  • Notes: Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea' is notably resistant to honey fungus.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Large, Tree - Medium
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Alkaline, Special: Windy
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Screening/Hedge

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