Carpinus betulus 'Purpurea'
(Hornbeam) An intriguing, rare selection of Carpinus which 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.
- 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.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
- Eventual Size
- Tree - Large (over 50 ft tall), Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Special: Windy & Exposed
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour, Screening/Hedge
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