Dwarf Columnar European Hornbeam Tree

Supreme Dwarf, EZ Start®. Ships 1.5 – 3' Tall with advanced root system in a 5x5x12" EZ Start® pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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The Dwarf Columnar European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Columnaris Nana’) is an exceptional tree that brings a unique charm to your landscape. With its dense, dwarf, and upright form, it serves as a focal point along walkways or borders, and even makes an excellent edging feature. This diminutive hedge option is rarely available in the trade but offers minimal maintenance other than irrigation.

Featuring green flowers and thriving in zones 5-8, the Dwarf Columnar European Hornbeam grows as a tree with a height of 5-10 feet and a spread of 2-4 feet. Its compact size makes it perfect for smaller spaces, while its vibrant green leaves create a pleasant ambiance.

Thriving in full sun, this hornbeam requires little pruning when grown as a tree, but responds well to hard pruning if used as a hedge. The ovate, dark green leaves remain clean and attractive throughout the growing season, showcasing little susceptibility to foliar diseases. In early spring, flowering catkins emerge before the foliage, with yellow male catkins and green female catkins. The attractive hop-like fruits add visual interest.

With its dwarf, slow-growing, conical to columnar form, the ‘Columnaris Nana’ variety boasts dense foliage that turns a beautiful golden yellow in the fall. This hardy tree reaches a height of 6-8 feet and a width of 3-4 feet. Its adaptability and resistance to insect and disease problems make it a low-maintenance option for your landscape.

Whether used as a shade tree, street tree, hedge, or accent, the Dwarf Columnar European Hornbeam brings a touch of elegance and sophistication. Its compact size, dense foliage, and easy maintenance make it a versatile choice for various landscape designs.

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Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 8.0
Zone Range 5 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 5 - 10' tall x 2 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 2 - 4' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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