The mystery and elegance of a purple foliage tree should never be underestimated. Here we have highlighted the best 10 for a range of purposes. From the very large beauty of the Fagus (purple beech) to the elegant whimsy of the Cercis canadensis - we have a purple foliage tree for any garden.
“Don’t be afraid to experiment with purple foliage trees. The deep hues can provide unexpected results, especially when used as a contrast plant. Purple foliage trees bring depth to a garden and can help achieve a sense of space and grandeur when used as a backdrop or garden bed planting.” Wes
Purple foliage trees are available across many cultivars and sizes so be sure to understand what you are buying. Fagus, for example, will grow into a very large tree that might overwhelm the average home garden, however when planted as a park tree with ample space - it becomes a hero. Great purple foliage trees for the average home garden include the Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, any of the Malus listed here, and of course the lovely purple foliage birch tree Betula ‘Royal Frost’.