Columnar European Hornbeam Tree
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Columnar European Hornbeam Tree
Columnar European Hornbeam Leaf
Columnar European Hornbeam Additional Product Shot 485
Columnar European Hornbeam Additional Product Shot 977

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 20-30'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Columnar European Hornbeam
Carpinus betulus fastigiata
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$325.00
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If clean lines and simple, uncluttered landscapes appeal to you, then Columnar European Hornbeam is your kind of tree.  This stately, medium-sized ornamental tree grows naturally into a perfect, manicured-looking, wide-oval form without any pruning at all.  A row of Hornbeams makes an elegant living wall, and this long-lived, resilient tree accepts heavy shearing if you decide to keep it clipped as a hedge.  Columnar Hornbeam’s thick shell of foliage will give you privacy screening for a long season, as the leaves hold late in the year.  Before dropping, though, the foliage turns warm shades of gold and topaz—befitting a regal and refined tree such as this.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 20-30'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Because of its rock-hard wood (“horn” alludes to hardness, while “beam” is an Old English word for “tree”), Hornbeam has played many roles in human life.  Through the ages, it has found its way into tool handles, butcher blocks, spokes, yokes, and piano keys.  These days, it is more likely to live out its days as a hedge or screen.  Often planted on the grounds of royals, this tree lends an air of sophistication to any home, indicating that a person of exquisite taste must certainly reside within!

The Details

Planning a formal-looking landscape design? Then you must incorporate this tree. It has a distinct, bold shape and attractive yellow leaves in the autumn. Its bold shape and very uniform, upright growth place it in a class of its own. Also makes a unique street tree.

How to Grow

A caveat:  that slender, young Columnar European Hornbeam will get big—40 feet tall and 25 feet wide.  It’s not a fast growing tree, so it won’t happen overnight, but if you plan on keeping this plant at a certain size, be prepared to do some clipping.  Otherwise, this tree is low maintenance and easy to please.  Give it a sunny site and soil that doesn’t stay soggy, and it will be happy.  It can even play the part of hard-knock city tree, shrugging off pollution, poor soil, and drought.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 45'
Avg Mature Width 25'
Spacing 20-30'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

8-10' tall when shipped, strong stem caliper will not require staking. Low branched and full. Grown in our #15 tree container.

Size B Trees:

8-10' tall when shipped, strong stem caliper will not require staking. Low branched and full. Grown in our #15 tree container.

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Columnar European Hornbeam Tree
Columnar European Hornbeam Leaf
Columnar European Hornbeam Additional Product Shot 485
Columnar European Hornbeam Additional Product Shot 977