Pyramidal European Hornbeam
Andrea Bellamy |

The garden in our new townhouse comes “fully landscaped;” I tried to see if they’d just leave it unplanted, but apparently it’s not an option they’ve ever heard of. Anyway, the tree that the landscape designer chose for our yard is a Pyramidal European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’). It wouldn’t be my first choice of tree; it looks kind of… bleh. And I’m currently enamoured of the Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’) in my mom’s yard because it looks so lovely in the winter garden. But I’m willing to give the hornbeam a chance. Has anyone had any experience with this tree?

Photo of the hornbeam borrowed from Charlies Creek Nursery.

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