More narrow and upright than European hornbeam. Is it very dry where the hedge is Steve? HC. It looks a bit like 'silverleaf' disease. Difficult with the conditions you have re the soggy clay. Hornbeam hedges will tolerate hard pruning, shade … Flower color: Yellow. Easy care and tolerant of urban heat, drought and compacted soils. The smallest hornbeam variety is the Japanese hornbeam (Carpinus japonica). Best planted in the spring, this tree has a slow growth rate, gaining around a foot a year. Hornbeam timber is known for its hardness and is commonly used for making musical instruments, butchers’ chopping boards, tool handles and flooring. Log in or register to join the conversation. Contributor Info. Is yours a new hedge? The tree has a rapid growth rate when young, slowing with age. I don't think you need to worry too much though - an established hedge will recover quite quickly. I planted a bare root Hornbeam hedge in a previous garden. Bef ore dropping, though, the foliage turn s warm shades of gold and topaz—befitting a regal and refined tree such as this. Growth habit:Pyramidal. The twigs are brown-grey and slightly hairy and the leaf buds are similar to beech, only shorter and slightly curved at the tips. Av. Its wood is very strong and sometimes is used to make tools and other implements. Requires little pruning if growing as a tree but will respond well to harder pruning if grown as a hedge. European hornbeam is a deciduous tree growing 10’ in 10 years to 40-60’ in height at maturity. It has a rather slow growth. It grows to a height of approximately 10 meters, but only 3 meters wide. Columnaris Nana is a rare and quite beautiful pyramidal dwarf European hornbeam that forms an incredible, sculpted specimen resembling fine bonsai creations. Tree size: 20 to 40 feet tall, 20 to 30 feet wide. Upright hornbeams are usually columnar only in youth, broadening (beautifully) to a wide tear-drop profile in maturity. The foliage is a bright green in spring, turning to gold and orange in the autumn time. Even the so-called columnar hornbeams can be ten feet wide when twenty-five feet tall. Anyone know what to do about it? It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations! We have high rainfall so normally it would never have any issues here, but in a drier area it would need some help I think -plenty of manure for a bit of water retention. Trees are slow growing and at … It produces dark green summer leaves that turn a variegated orange in the fall. Hornbeam hedging requires a trim once a year, in mid-late summer to encourage lasting winter foliage cover. Since we planted more trees the ones that are sheltered do well, but the ones that catch all the wind look very poor by midsummer. Best to prune in mid-winter. It has a fast growth rate of 12"+ per year and has a 10 year size of about 12'H x 3'W. Hornbeam is easily grown as a hedge and does especially well on chalk & heavy clay soils. Hi, thanks for all your replies. Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 35 to 45 ft. tall, 25 to 35 ft. wide. Old trees may reach 30-40' tall. Nook House Steve, parts of my hornbeam hedge looks the same as yours i.e. Carpinus betulus is a columnar to teardrop-shaped tree. Columnar Hornbeam’s thick shell of foliage will give you privacy screening f or a long season, as the leaves hold late in the year. Some well rotted manure as a mulch at the end of summer would be beneficial. The ones in the more substantial areas romped away. Plant in the spring. This is mostly affecting the north side of the hedge, though some on the south side. Awards: Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Care advice for Hornbeam Hedge Plants. Mine was planted last November in a very wet part of the garden and it was for this reason I chose hornbeam over beech, as you say Fairygirl. The Frans Fontaine is a narrower and more compact variety of columnar hornbeam. The autumn colour is golden to yellow.Habit and Growth Rate: Slow to moderate growth rate, develops into a very densely foliaged, columnar or oval shaped tree. columnar shape (Fig. Carpinus betulus will achieve an average growth of 20-40cm a year and is perfect to maintain at a height measuring anywhere between 1.5 - 5m. You can prune Japanese hornbeams as bonsai specimens. This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is an attractive and tidy columnar Hornbeam which is ideal for restricted spaces. Superb grown on its own, as a specimen tree, it can be used in hedges or in line. Dwarf Columnar Hornbeam Growing and Maintenance Tips. Flower and fruit: Flowers … If Hornbeam hedges are trimmed in late summer, a large proportion of the crisp, dead leaves are retained well into winter. As a young tree, 'Fastigiata' is very narrow and columnar, but broadens significantly with age. The small, white, abundant flowers, produced in clusters in late spring are followed by showy orange to red fruit that persist into winter, if not eaten by birds. A little similar to the more common form, Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' but with a more narrow, tight habit of growth and deeply veined foliage which is lush green in spring and summer before turning a rich mustard-yellow in autumn. Location: Denver, CO. 79. posted 4 years ago. The worms will work it into the soil for you over the winter which will help improve drainage. Slow to moderate growth rate. Lucas Pyramidal Hornbeam Growing and Maintenance Tips. Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage. Unlike the more ubiquitous 'Fastigiata' form, Frans Fontaine preserves the attractive lateral boughs of the species and retains its columnar habit throughout its life. Growth rate:Moderate. We have high rainfall so normally it would never have any issues here, but in a drier area it would need some help I think -plenty of manure for a bit of water retention. Until a few weeks ago the ground was quite saturated After the long wet winter. See more ideas about Columnar trees, Trees to plant, Plants. Growth/Year* = Average growth per year in first 10-20 years, click here for more details. A very tidy and attractive columnar form of our beloved native hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) ideal for restricted spaces. Enlarge picture / more pictures Hornbeam hedge at Garden Centre. .÷ÃXÔ¤«àçà+ à'Nc½K~üeÇÈ¿¶ `,#Bàeàç8¢}ìY÷~MV4¥r£ÕÉ5þUûiÅÃdz'? Suitable and effective for wide sweeping avenues but not as a street tree due to its wide ultimate spread. Hornbeams don't come in many flavors—see "Variants" below—but all the individuals of a given flavor grow very consistently, one to the other. As with Carpinus betulus fastigiata it leaves turn orange and gold in the autumn. The narrow, growth habit of this cultivar allows it to be shaped into hedges, arches or for topiary. I haven't noticed any silvery bits on them but I'll have a look when I'm out this morning. Its small size allows it to fit into tiny yards and under power lines. The green leaves through the summer turn yellow in the fall. Trees are pyramidal when young becoming rounded with age. The growth habit of hornbeam is similar to that of Black Maple but with graeter symetry and more valuable wood.