Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' Columnar European Hornbeam 15g


Size: 15g

Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' Columnar European Hornbeam 

Size: 15g

An attractive, densely branched, columnar tree when young, aging into a stately, broad cone shape with handsome, fluted, gray bark.

Distinctive, dark green foliage turns yellow-orange in fall.

Plant in groups as a screen or windbreak, or use as a specimen in a narrow yard or street side.

Takes well to hard pruning as a formal hedge.


Moderate growing; reaches 35' to 45' tall, 25' to 35' wide.

Nice shade tree for narrow suburban yards and for visually dividing closely placed multi story homes.

The favorite form for allees and pleached effects in the European style.

In a windrow, hornbeam makes a fine large scale visual screen or windbreak.

Provide well-draining soil.

Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce watering frequency once established.

Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

Minimal pruning required in natural form.

As a hedge, prune in winter while dormant.

Pruning in winter.

Hornbeam is a favorite tree for the art of pleaching, which is a form of topiary on a monstrous scale.

This species withstands frequent shearing.

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