Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'


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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Yellow, Green


Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

Plant details

Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus, is a large deciduous tree, similar to beech. It's a popular choice for hedging, and supports a wide variety of wildlife. Carpinus betulus  'Fastigiata' is a particularly lovely variety. Its form is neater and denser than the species, and the leaves have more of a glossy sheen. Young plantsgrow quickly, producing a formal, almost triangular shape. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

For best results, grow Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' in moist but well-drained soil, either as a focal point in a large garden or as part of a formal hedge.

Family: Betulaceae

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: September to November

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