Carpinus betulus Fastigiata

Upright Hornbeam

Estimated fully grown height 17-22m

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Carpinus betulus Fastigiata is an upright form of the popular native tree Carpinus betulus and was awarded the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2002.

Like its parent, the leaves of this tree are oval in shape, ribbed and serrated around the edges and turn from bright green in the spring to gold and orange in the autumn time.

Like its parent it can be a useful selection for screening and the feathered specimens are produced with this in mind.

This quality in particular makes it quite a popular choice for restricted spaces, however it should be noted that this tree does develop a middle-aged spread as it matures, changing from a tight flame shape to look more like an Ace of Spades.

If planted in restricted spaces, it will need regular pruning to maintain the shape into maturity and suitability for the position. This medium to large Upright Hornbeam is a tough performer and will do well in most soils, including clay and chalk. It is a good choice for poor soil conditions.

Carpinus betulus Fastigiata is a super tree for parkland settings where it can take advantage of the ample space. It is also a nice selection for avenue planting, producing classic uniformity and architectural shape coupled with a nice show of colour in the autumn time.

Like its parent it can be a useful selection for screening; these specimens are grown with a clear stem, which means that the branching starts at around 1.8-2m and can be planted as stilted screening, above a fenceline.

The lower branches are left on the tree for a feathered tree, meaning that they can be planted to form an immediate, tall, hedge. We recommend planting distances of between 80-120cm, ultimately depending upon the immediate impact you wish to create with your hedge.

Why do some trees hold onto their dead leaves?

Mature height: 17-22m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Avenue, Garden, Parkland,
Hedging, Oval,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Screening above the fence, Screening from ground level,
Looks good in
Autumn, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.