Hornbeam 'Fastigiata'

Carpinus betulus

Family: Betulaceae (beh-tyoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carpinus (kar-PINE-us) (Info)
Species: betulus (BET-yoo-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Fastigiata



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Quitzdorf Am See,

Wheaton, Illinois

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Lake Orion, Michigan

Defiance, Ohio

Middletown, Ohio

Perry, Ohio

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Orem, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 15, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a popular tree around here, especially among landscape architects. Most European hornbeams in commerce are this cultivar.

The name is misleading. In youth, it's narrow, but in maturity it takes on an upright, symmetrical, inverted-teardrop shape---very consistent, and very formal. It does not form a central leader. The dense branching makes it a good screen year-round.

Adaptable, rarely troubled by pests or diseases, medium growth rate, tolerates partial shade and difficult conditions. Accepts heavy pruning and even shearing, though it's rarely necessary. In Europe, this is often used for formal allees.

The upright-growing cultivars are frequently misidentified in commerce.


On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' COLUMNAR EUR. HORNBEAM Dec (z5) (Bfly)
"A superlative ornamental"(Arnoldia), the dense, close-knit branch structure of this 30-40'x 20-30'upright,oval-to-fan shaped tree make it an effective & handsome sreen & a highly-rated shade or street tree.S/M


On May 24, 2005, wubba from Lake Orion, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

We have one in our front landscaping. We requested a unique tree that no one else in the neighborhood had, and this is the perfect one. I love to see him fill in! My husband has named him Horatio.....that's hornbeam, not Hornblower, dear!.


On Oct 5, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This form of Hornbeam is often used as a street tree owing to its neat upright and slender habit. It also makes a good hedge. The angular growth habit provides winter interest when the leaves have fallen to reveal the structure of the branches.