Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine

Upright Hornbeam

Bred in Holland, Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is a compact and upright cultivar of the hornbeam, making it suitable for smaller gardens. Long-lived, medium-sized, deciduous tree with an attractive form, even in winter. Glossy, mid-green, beech-like leaves, turning golden in autumn. Tolerates heavy, wetter soils, but drought-tolerant when established. Little or no pruning required. This upright hornbeam is excellent for formal gardens, as an avenue tree or as a hedge, though not the best for pleaching. Superior to Carpinus betulus fastigiata, as it keeps its narrow form into maturity.

Site: Tolerates some exposure
Soil: Any reasonably well-drained soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of Interest: Spring, summer, autumn, winter
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 30ft (9m) Spread: 10ft (3m) after 25 years

Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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