Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’


  • Botanical name: Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'
  • Common name: Hornbeam
  • Family: Betulaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
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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 plants grow 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.

How to grow Carpinus 'Fastigiata'

  • Plant size

    25m height

    20m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Carpinus 'Fastigiata' and wildlife

Carpinus 'Fastigiata' is known for attracting birds. It provides shelter and habitat and makes a good wildlife hedge.

Does not attract Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Carpinus 'Fastigiata' poisonous?

Carpinus 'Fastigiata' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People