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)