Upright European Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'

A dense deciduous tree with dark green foliage and characteristic, furrowed, gray bark. Due to its dense growth habit, this variety is often selected to provide shade, or planted in groups as a screen or windbreak. Foliage transforms to shades of golden orange and yellow during fall. In its youth, ‘Fastigiata’ grows in a columnar form, that breaks into an oval-vase shape as the tree matures. Well-suited for use as a specimen in a narrow yard or street-side planting, or planted as a screen.


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Upright European Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'
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Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.