Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’
An upright form of the popular native tree Carpinus betulus, awarded the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2002. Leaves are oval, ribbed and serrated around the edges and turn from bright green in the spring to gold / orange in autumn.
A worthy choice for screening and feathered specimens are available for this purpose. This characteristic makes it quite a popular choice for tighter spaces, however it can change shape as it matures. It will need regular pruning to maintain its shape, especially in restricted spaces.
A medium to large tree, this is a tough performer and will do well in most soils, including clay and chalk. It is a good choice when soil conditions are poor.
Carpinus betulus Fastigiata is a wonderful tree for parks and avenues. Like its parent it can be a useful tree for screening with a clear stem above a fence line or feathered trees can be planted to form an immediate, tall, hedge.
Mature height: 12-17m.