Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’
When young, the cultivar ‘Fran Fontaine’ is similar to ‘Fastigiata’ but was selected for its ability to retain its sleek, columnar form into maturity. Long-lived even in tough locations, it matures at 40 to 50 feet tall but spreads only about 20 feet. In ten years it seldom spreads more than 6 to 8 feet while reaching a height of 20 to 25 feet. A handsome tree, the summer foliage is a rich green becoming a gold yellow in autumn. This is the best of the European hornbeam selections for use as a street tree
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: variegated, burgundy
Great Color Partners: gold, dark green
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: columnar tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to deep shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established