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Carpinus betulus Fastigiata



Makes a fabulous tall, dense hedge

An upright version of one of our favourite native trees and a delight when the fresh pale green leaves first appear each spring. They are also one of the best trees to attract wildlife to the garden. 


This long lived hornbeam is often grown as an avenue or tall hedge, enjoying a sunny or lightly shaded spot, and is wonderful for creating shelter and structure in the garden. The leaves turn golden-brown in the autumn and hang well into winter.


A versatile woodland tree that prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil.

The English name hornbeam refers to the hardness and durability of the wood

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn
Evergreen No
Plant height 800 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 500 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site City garden

Typically available

From April to September