The Skinny on Skinny Trees – Columnar / Fastigiate Trees

Columnar or fastigiated trees make great candidates for landscape areas where space is restricted such as in parkway strips, between the sidewalk and driveway, or near the corner of a building. Many of these trees can also be used as a privacy screen. Columnar trees are also recommended for parking lots where outward branching can get in the way of vehicles. Be sure to check the salt tolerance factor of the tree before planting in a parking lot.

tree and balls

It’s also good to ask the landscaper what they are envisioning before you let them plant

INTERMEDIATE & SMALL TREES (15′ – 30′ feet tall):

Amelanchier laevis ‘Cumulus’ – Serviceberry – 20’H x 18’W

Amelanchier laevis ‘Ballerina’ – Serviceberry – 20’H x 15’W

Malus ‘Red Jewel – Red Jewel Crabapple – 18’H x 12’W

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ – Chanticleer Pear – 30’H x 15’W

Syringa reticulate ‘Ivory Silk’ – Ivory Silk Lilac – 20’H x 15’W

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Syringa reticulate – Japanese Tree Lilac (Clump form)

LARGER TREES (Over 30′ feet tall):

Acer x freemanii ‘Armstrong’ – Armstrong Freeman Maple – 40’+H x 15’W

Acer x freemanii ‘Marmo’ – Marmo Freeman Maple – 50’H x 30’W

Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum ‘Greencolumn’ – Greencolumn Black Maple – 40’H x 25’W

Carpinus betula ‘Fastigiata’ – Upright European Hornbeam – 40’H x 20’W

Fagus sylvatica ‘Fastigiata’ – Upright European Beech – 40’H x 10’W

Ginkgo biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’ – Princeton Sentry Ginkgo – 60’H x 20’W

Populus tremula ‘Erecta’ – Upright European Aspen – 30’H x 8’W

Quercus x warei ‘Long’ – Regal Prince English Oak – 60’H x 20’W

Taxodium distichum ‘Mickelson’ – Bald Cypress Swanee Brave – 50’H x 20’W

Taxodium distichum 'Mickelson'

Taxodium distichum ‘Mickelson’ – Bald Cypress
Don’t freak out, the needles do get brown and drop off in the winter.

EVERGREENS:

Juniperous scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’ – Skyrocket Juniper – 12′-18’H x 2′-3’W

Picea pungens’Glauca Fasigiata’ – Upright Blue Spruce – 15′-20’H x 5’W

Pinus strobus ‘Fastigiata’ – Upright Eastern White Pine – 30′-50’H x 10′-15’W

Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ – Emerald Eastern Arborvitae – 20′-30’H x 5′-8’W

Thuja occidentalis ‘Pyramidalis’ – Pyramidal Eastern Arborvitae – 15′-20’H x 5′-8’W

Pyramidal Eastern Arborvitae

Pyramidal Eastern Arborvitae

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