'Goldsworth Purple'

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Organism arising via vegetative or asexual reproduction.

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Leaves light reddish brown and wrinkled when young, becoming deep, dull, blackish purple and remaining so until autumn. The original plant was presented to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley around 1936-7 by a lady in whose garden it had apparently arisen as a self-sown seedling but whose name was, unfortunately, not recorded. It was put into commerce by the Goldsworth Nurseries of Messrs Slocock around 1949. The parent tree still grows at Wisley in Seven Acres. For this information we are indebted to Mr Brian Mulligan, Director of the University of Washington Arboretum, who was assistant to the Director at Wisley from 1936 to 1941.This clone is very similar to ‘Faasen’s Black’ and ‘Crimson King’, both of continental origin. It has not been possible to find authentic specimens of either, but they are said to differ from ‘Goldsworth Purple’ in having the young leaves less brightly coloured and the mature ones somewhat glossier. ‘Faasen’s Black’ has the young leaves scarcely wrinkled and gives red autumn colour.

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