Columnar or Fastigiate Trees
Trees that are naturally narrow, usually with a single trunk, and have a shorter, uniform branch spread are referred to as columnar trees. Trees that have many trunks or branches that grow erect and close together to form a uniform, narrow crown are referred to as fastigiate trees. The two names are often inter-changed; however, fastigiate trees are usually created in nursery selection, while columnar trees can be mutations in nature from normal forms that occur naturally.
Columnar or fastigiate trees make ideal candidates for landscape areas where space is restricted, such as parkways strips, the area between a street and sidewalk or driveway. Columnar trees often are recommended in parking lots, sidewalk planters or pits, smaller home landscapes, or near a corner of buildings or deck with a confined planting space where a conventional tree with wide-spreading branches would not be appropriate.
There are many trees with a columnar habit available. Here are a few recommendations
- Princeton Sentry Ginkgo 100%
Botanical Name: Ginkgo biloba ‘Princeton Sentry' Common Name: Princeton Sentry Ginkgo Updated 4/2012 Height: 60' Spread: 10-15' Habit/Form: Columnar Growth Rate: Slow Zone: 3-8Cultural Requirements: Full sun, prefers deep sandy soils...
- Upright European Hornbeam 100%
Botanical Name: Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'Common Name: Upright European Hornbeam Updated 2/2012 Height: 30-40' Spread: 20-30' Habit/Form: oval Growth Rate:Slow Zone: 5-7 Cultural Requirements: Full sun to part...
- Upright Eastern White Pine 100%
Botanical Name: Pinus strobus ‘Fastigiata’ Common Name: Upright Eastern White Pine Updated 11/2012 Click on an image to enlarge Form Needles Cones Bark Height:...
- Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress 100%
Botanical Name: Taxodium distichum 'Mickelson' Common Name: Bald-Cypress - SHAWNEE BRAVE™ Updated 1/2013 Click on an image to enlarge. Fall form Fall leaf Height: 50' Spread: 20' Habit/Form: Narrowly...
- Ivory Silk Tree Lilac 100%
Botanical Name: Syringa reticulata ssp. reticulata 'Ivory Silk'Common Name: Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac Updated 1/2013 click image to enlarge Flower Height: 20-25' Spread: 15-25' Habit/Form: Oval Growth Rate: Medium...
- Adirondack Crabapple 99%
Botanical Name: Malus ‘Adirondack’ Common Name: Adirondack Crabapple Updated 10/2012 Click image to enlarge Form Fruit Bark Height:12' Spread: 6' Habit/Form: Columnar Growth Rate:...