Carpinus betulus  'Franz Fontaine'

Carpinus betulus  'Franz Fontaine'

A selected form of fastigiate Carpinus which retains its narrow pyamidal habit and noticeably a tighter form compared to C. ‘Fastigiata’ in early years of growth. May broaden slightly as trees matures. Outstanding formal tree and with its slender growth habit, it is especially suitable for mass plantings, street plantings, hedges, avenues and in urban areas.
Categories: Carpinus
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  • Growth Rate

    Slow to moderate.

  • Foliage

    Oval, serrate, distinctly ribbed forest green leaves. The autumn colour is golden-yellow with some orange tones.

  • Bark

    Smooth, thin grey bark. Adds ornamental interest during winter.

  • Ornamental Fruit

    Nutlets in leafy clusters (bracts) appear during autumn

  • Tree Habit

    Dense, narrow and upright when young. Reported to maintain columnar growth as tree ages. The current season's growth tends to curve inwards.

  • Flowers

    Male, green catkins that appear in spring. Not significantly ornamental

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