Avenue of Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine in autumn colour
Avenue of Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine in autumn colour
The bright green foliage of Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine in detail
Standard Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine on the Barcham Trees nursery
Medium Upright Hornbeam from this batch
Medium - feathered Upright Hornbeam from this batch
Instant Upright Hornbeam from this batch

Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine

Upright Hornbeam

Estimated fully grown height 17-22m

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Product Details

Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is an upright variety of Hornbeam which maintains its tight pyramidal shape well into maturity.

This Hornbeam was selected from a street in the Netherlands in the 1980’s and has leaves which are oval in shape, extremely ribbed and serrated around the edges, taking on an almost crinkly appearance.

The foliage is a bright green in spring, turning to gold and orange in the autumn time. Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is a much better choice for planting in restricted areas than Carpinus betulus Fastigiata as it retains its columnar shaped crown, being only 3m wide after 25 years.

It tolerates pollution and soil compaction, making it an excellent choice for street tree planting. 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 Frans Fontaine is a super selection for avenue planting, producing classic uniformity and architectural shape coupled with a nice show of colour in the autumn time. The standard specimens are grown with a 1.8-2m clear stem

Like its parent it can be a useful selection for screening and the feathered secimens are useful for exactly that. These trees have branches to the base and if planted at 80-120cm centres they can form an immediate screen and hedge. Once planted, the trees can be allowed to grow to the height the hedge is required at and then the leader can be removed, which will encourage it to bush out as a hedge. When is grown as a hedge, it will retain its golden-brown foliage on the tree well into the winter time.

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Mature height: 17-22m (or as tall as it is pruned)

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Avenue, Garden, Parkland,
Hedging, Narrow,
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

Planting Video

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.