Harry’s choice this week is very refined, an example of a classical form that can strike the perfect note in a formal setting. Indeed, it has the potential to strike the right note in almost any setting…
Fine specimens supplied to Millbrook Manor, looking fantastic
Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ – Upright Hornbeam, has a very tidy and compact form that darts upright. The pyramidal form features wonderfully bright green leaves that are oval in shape, with these fine corrugations that provide different depths of green, adding life and vitality to the foliage. Best suited to smaller avenues and gardens, it also makes for a very smart shade tree, introducing a touch of class and refinement to a landscape.
Hornbeam literally translates as very hard wood. The timber is exceptionally dense and heavy, and has long been an important fuel wood, thanks to its slow burning properties. But as the trees look so nice, they’re assuredly better warming you visually, rather than physically.
As to striking the right note…whilst the wood of the Hornbeam has never really been used for anything much, it was once used to manufacture pianos. That sounds rather good to us.
The Upright Hornbeam is deciduous and extremely hardy. Expect it to reach heights of up to 5 metres
CARPINUS betulus ‘Fastigiata’, 80lt grade at 3-3.5m (approx 8 years old)
CARPINUS betulus ‘Fastigiata‘, 160lt grade at 4m+, (approx 12+ years old)
Also featuring stunning autumn colour – this street planting shown in Cardrona, Central Otago