Hi, Is ‘Frans Fontaine’ the narrowest kind of European Hornbeam tree? How tall and wide do they grow? Is the shape more pyramidal or columnar?
I’m looking for a kind of tree in columnar shape to form a tall hedge in a narrow strip, and can tolerate a lot of shade (almost no direct sunlight, open shade only).
Also, I heard hornbeams are more shade tolerant than beeches. Is it correct? Would beeches be able to survive in full shade?
I heard the American hornbeams can tolerate full shade. But, is there a columnar shaped cultivar?
Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners.
With an increase in urban sprawl we receive numerous questions concerning the planting of tall columnar trees to form a privacy hedge.
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