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PlantFiles: Hornbeam
Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

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

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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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous 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.

Neutral berrygirl 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

Positive wubba 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!.

Positive philomel 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.


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

Quitzdorf Am See,
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Lake Orion, Michigan
Defiance, Ohio
Middletown, Ohio
Orem, Utah

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