Pyramidal European Hornbeam
Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'
Water regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat; less once established.
|Botanical Pronunciation||kar-PY-nus BET-ew-lus fas-tih-jee-AY-tuh|
|Lore||Hornbeam is a favorite tree for the art of pleaching, which is a form of topiary on a monstrous scale. This species withstands frequent shearing and is often planted into allees in Britain.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 35 to 45 ft. tall, 25 to 35 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||Well-proven tree for boulevards, parks and institutional landscapes. Nice shade tree for narrow suburban yards and for visually dividing closely placed multistory homes. The favorite form for allees and pleached effects in the European style. In a windrow, hornbeam makes a fine large scale visual screen or windbreak.|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Cottage|
|Landscape Use||Espalier, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Shade Tree, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat; less once established.|
|Key Feature||Golden Fall Color|
Provide deep, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in early spring. Minimal pruning required in natural form; as a hedge, prune in winter while dormant.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 8