‘Purpurea Pendula’ is a shrubby, weeping, purple-leaved form with a mushroom shape. Its flexible branches adapt well to training, or if left to grow naturally, the weeping branches arch and sprawl to create an impressive, purple-black mound.
Often labeled as Fagus sylvatica ‘Roseomarginata’ this the same cultivar as F. sylvatica ‘Purpurea Tricolor’. By whichever name the foliage of this beech has exceptionally unique variegation. When the leaves emerge in springtime the dark purple leaves are edged in pink or rose. The purple centers turn more bronze green with pale pink or white edges as summer progresses, ultimately turning bronze gold in autumn.
Best grown in deep, rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Intolerant of wet, poorly drained soils. Difficult to transplant and does not always grow well in urban settings. Reportedly tolerates a wider range of soils than American beech.