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Carpinus Betulus Fastigiata: the perfect tree for screening the view

What do you do when neighbours cut down trees and leave your garden exposed and overlooked? That was the problem posed to Ladybrook Nursery recently. We were contacted by a home owner in Ramsbottom who was facing this dilemma. Her neighbour had cut down a number of large Hollies and Lime trees to let light into their garden. The unfortunate consequence of this action was that our home owner’s own garden and property were then left badly exposed and overlooked.

Ladybrook Nursery received an email asking for help and was asked to suggest a way to solve the problem. Ladybrook Nursery’s Managing Partner, Paul Anderson, went to visit the client. After looking at the aspect of the garden plot and taking careful measurements, he decided he could do something to fix the problem. He suggested planting 7, 4 metre-high (14-16 cm) Carpinus Betulus Fastigiata trees.


The upright hornbeam tree with its dense foliage makes a wonderful specimen tree but is equally impressive when used in a group for screening or for avenue purposes. Although the tree is not an evergreen, we knew the branch structure would be enough to draw the eye away from the house that had been exposed. The tree itself is upright in form and extremely tough, making it ideal for exposed positions. It also boasts ovate, glossy, deeply ribbed foliage, which turns from mid-green to bright yellow and orange in the autumn, and long green, spring catkins which are followed by winged fruit. So we knew the tree would not only offer the privacy the home owner required, but would also offer interest throughout the growing season.

The client has subsequently made a feature of the planting bed, using a geo-textile matting and covering the bed with golden aggregate. 

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