This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"B. B., in Garden" thinks truly that hedges of this plant would be beautiful. Hedges of common Beech are well known in Europe, and there is no reason why the Purple Beech should not do as well. The effect would certainly be striking. He advises to take young seedlings from under trees and says that "they will invariably keep the same color as the old tree." Here he mistakes. The true rosy purple Beech is a variety, and no variety can be relied upon to produce the same from seed. There may be some purple ones but many will be green. Grafted plants only can be relied upon, and these of small size can be bought at reasonable prices. Hedges of various colors will yet be a feature in landscape effect. Retin-ospora aurea and Hemlock in stretches of one hundred feet each, would contrast finely. Purple and common Barberry, purple and common Beeches and many other contrasting colors would all find admirers and would be to ordinary trees as the groundwork of a picture to the picture itself.