Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam Tree

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The Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’) is a standout among hornbeam trees, offering a unique combination of characteristics that set it apart from other varieties. With its striking narrow columnar form and mature height of 30-40 feet, this tree exudes an air of elegance and grandeur in any landscape.

What truly distinguishes the Frans Fontaine is its dense and lush foliage, boasting a deep, dark forest green color that remains vibrant throughout the growing season. As autumn arrives, the crispy serrated leaves transform into a magnificent display of golden hues, creating a captivating contrast against the smooth, gray bark.

Unlike other hornbeam varieties, the Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam thrives in a wide range of zones from 5 to 8. Its adaptability to various light conditions, from full sun to partial shade, makes it a versatile choice for different garden settings.

Whether used as a majestic specimen tree, a striking vertical accent, or a beautiful mass planting, the Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam adds a touch of sophistication and structure to any landscape design. It also serves as an excellent choice for creating hedges or screens along property lines, providing both beauty and privacy.

With its drought-tolerant nature and low maintenance requirements, the Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam is a reliable and resilient tree that adapts well to different soil conditions. Its remarkable qualities make it an ideal selection for those seeking a distinctive and awe-inspiring tree that stands out among the rest.

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Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Zone Range 4 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 30 - 40' tall x 10 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 10 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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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