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.
What is the reason that Purple Beech is not more used for ornamental hedges than it appears to be at present. I should say there is no plant that forms a more beautiful hedge for bounding or dividing a pleasure ground, contrasting as it does so charmingly with the green sward. It may be said to plant a hedge of this description would be too expensive, as in nurseries they are mostly, if not all, grafted, and consequently, are expensive. There are very few places but one or two large trees are to be found, and I venture to say that under such trees there are plenty of young seedlings springing up just now; and if they are taken up and planted in some convenient place, in lines, and let grow on for a couple of years, they will make nice plants for forming a hedge, and they will invariably keep the same color as the old tree. There is a large tree of Purple Beech here, and there are hundreds of young plants now growing under it. It was this suggested to me that the present must be a good season elsewhere for them. I had a quantity of seedlings taken up as above ten years ago, and they now form a splendid hedge, about five feet in height, which is much admired by all who happen to see it. The growth and foliage hang down very gracefully.
I would prefer it, in fact, to another tree usually planted for forming hedges in gardens and pleasure grounds. - B. B., in Garden.