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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Sizes
Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
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Containers
You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
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Installation
InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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copper purple beech hedge

Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropurpurea’

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This purple-leaved form of the European beech tolerates a wider range of soils than the American Beech (Fagus grandifolia). Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group is a particular strain of seedlings that have deep purple coloration instead of the green typical of the species; seedlings with this unique attribute are considered to be a form of the European beech known as the Atropurpurea group. This group includes a variety of purple-leaved European beech trees with many different leaf colors, from pale purple with tints of green to bronze-purple and even a dark purple that is nearly black. As a low-branched deciduous tree, Copper beech works well as a hedge with regular pruning.
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A purple-leaf beech InstantHedge unit in biodegradable cardboard container ready to ship.

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In summer, the dark purple-green foliage is highlighted with a second push of ruddy new growth.

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European beech (Fagus sylvatica) foliage in autumn.

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In summer, the dark purple-green foliage is highlighted with a second push of ruddy new growth.

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European Beech Growing Conditions

Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Details

European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is native to the woodlands of southern and central Europe. It was brought to America in the middle of the 18th century and it has been a popular ornamental shade tree ever since. Purple beech, or Copper beech, is the deep purple colored seedlings that are selected from European Beech seedlings. When planted as a hedge, the result is a dramatic, colorful, and stunning.

Deer Resistance: YES
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Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 9 and 14 - 24
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Pest/Disease Issues:
No serious insect or disease problems. Beech scale is an occasional problem.

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