Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

Hornbeam

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'
  • Common name: Hornbeam
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 25m

Spread: 20m

Flower colours:
  • Yellow
  • Green
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Autumn colour, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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