Bonsai Training Information

Fagus sylvatica Purpurea
Copper Beech Tree, European Purple beech

This purple leaf form of the species has new spring leaves that are a variable deep purplish red to copper color, changing to a purple green in summer. Being partially true from seed, much variation in intensity of color is possible. The name copper beech is applied to specimens with a lighter color.


Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump, Group planting, Saikei




Full sun, but semi-shade in midsummer. In winters best stored in cold house.


Frequently, especially during hot weather, to prevent the edges of the leaves from drying out and at the same time do not allow soil to get water logged. Reduce watering in winter.


Feed every two weeks, until the end of summer, with a high nitrogen fertiliser during growing period.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Prune stem back to 2 leafs as it develops 5/6 leaf on the stems. If branches die back, remove dead wood till fresh cambium, it will encourage new shoots.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Autumn or in Spring, before bud burst, every 2-3 years. Prefers loose acid soil. 2 part loam, 2 part peat, 1 part sharp sand


Genrerally not necessary. Use stem and branch pruning to shape. If wired protect bark which is delicate and prone to scaring.


Because of its large leaves, beech is generally reserved for medium to large size bonsai. Because beech grows so slowly, it is a long- term project to grow a specimen beech.

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