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.
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Mature height: 17-22m