The Frans Fontaine Hornbeam tree (Carpinus betulus 'Frans Fontaine') is an unusual form of Hornbeam because of its particularly narrow habit and this makes it an ideal choice for gardens where space is limited. Also of merit are its good autumn colours of mellow yellow. Originally introduced from the Netherlands. We are unsure how or who it was introduced to but it decided to stay so the welcome must have been pretty good. Frequently used as an avenue tree due to the upright shape.
Considered to be chalk and clay tolerant making it suitable for most soils and can be planted on sites that have less than ideal drainage.
Pruning the Frans Fontaine is a task you can mostly forget. Prune out and dead, diseased or crossing over branches as preventative maintenance.
A medium sized tree, so expect a height of up to 6 metres after 10 years.
Frans Fontaine Hornbeam is supplied at a height of between 1.5m and 2.5 in a 5-15L container, which means that the tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
Frans Fontaine Size Options
150-200cm :5-12 Litre Pot, 2-3 years old. Maybe assigned the nick name of Freddy the Frans Fontaine Hornbeam tree by our very affectionate nursery staff.
200-250cm :10-15 Litre Pot, 3-4 years old. No nick name assigned as they are now bigger than we are.
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If you are looking for more than one tree then click HORNBEAM TREES WHOLESALE, we also have HORNBEAM HEDGING .
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Frans Fontaine Hornbeam Tree
Frans Fontaine tree arrived safely and planted as instructed however we had a garden shed fire so intense that it melted the front of our conservatory. We lost a lot of our shrubs but we are hoping that the tree along with our rosebushes will survive only time will tell. These little things are sent to try us but why me all of the time. Robert 0913
Ornamental Tree Topping
All ornamental trees (not vines) are topped at 1.3 metres to encourage a natural ornamental tree shape with obvious exceptions e.g. patio sizes.This means that your tree was pruned during the growing process and then allowed to grow to the size it is now supplied at.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £300 can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.