Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is an upright variety of Hornbeam which maintains its tight pyramidal shape well into maturity.
This Hornbeam was selected from a street in the Netherlands in the 1980’s and has leaves which are oval in shape, extremely ribbed and serrated around the edges, taking on an almost crinkly appearance. The foliage of Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is a bright green in spring, turning to gold and orange in the autumn time.
This variety of Hornbeam tree is a much better choice for planting in restricted areas than Carpinus betulus Fastigiata as it retains its columnar shaped crown, being only 3m wide after 25 years. It tolerates pollution and soil compaction, making it an excellent choice for street tree planting. This medium to large Upright Hornbeam tree is a tough performer and will do well in most soils, including clay and chalk. Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is also a good choice for poor soil conditions.
Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine is a super selection for avenue planting, producing classic uniformity and architectural shape coupled with a nice show of colour in the autumn time. Like its parent it can be a useful selection for screening as if the leader is removed and it is grown as a hedge, it will retain its golden-brown foliage on the tree well into the winter time.
Mature height: 15-20m
|Species||:||Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine|
|Common Name(s)||:||Hornbeam, Upright Hornbeam|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree Features||:||Autumn Colour|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Autumn Interest|
|Soil Type||:||Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Alkaline Soil, Chalk Soil, Dry Soil|
|Mature Size||:||Medium to Large (15-20m)|
|Tree uses||:||Hedging Trees, Raised Screening Trees, Woodland Sites, Garden, Light Sandy Sites, Avenue Trees, Parkland Trees, Screening Trees|
|Looking Good||:||Autumn, Summer|