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Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

Hornbeam

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Yellow, Green

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This handsome tree was introduced about a century ago and has been extensively planted in streets and parks. Neater and denser than the simple species, it grows quite fast while young, producing a neat formal shape, almost triangular in silhouette. The leaves are brighter and shinier than the species, and turn rich yellow and orange shades in autumn, often remaining on young trees all winter before falling. A specimen tree that is useful as a focal point in larger gardens. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Corylaceae

Genus: Carpinus

Species: betulus

Cultivar: Fastigiata

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Yellow, Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 2000cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November


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