Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’
The cultivar ‘Fastigiata’ is the representative of Carpinus betulus that is most often seen in our region. It has a tight upright habit when young, but will eventually broaden to a mature size of 30 feet wide and 40 to 50 feet high. It is a survivor, requiring little care and withstanding drought, poor soils and heavy pollution. A handsome tree, columnar European hornbeam has serrated leaves that are green in summer and gold in autumn. It has smooth, grey bark with a muscular look. Its slow growth and adaptability to pruning make it an ideal tree for training, be it a hedge or topiary.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: dark green, bronze
Great Color Partners: silver, gold
Culture NotesThis columnar hornbeam will grow well in full sun or light to deep shade. It is not fussy about soil as long as it is well-drained and it will tolerate sandy and clay situations. Once established it is very drought tolerant. Allow enough space for the tree to fully develop. If used as a hedge plant it is best in full sun to open shade.
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Plant Type: narrow tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to deep shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established