The Skinny on Skinny Trees – Columnar / Fastigiate Trees

evergreen bushes that resemble male peepee

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. And of course, be sure you think about the over-all look you’re going for…..

If you click on the Latin Name, the link will take you to Google Images for that species.

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

White Japanese lilac shrub tree white blooms
Japanese lilac trees bloom white, in mid-summer

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 reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’ – Ivory Silk Lilac – 20’H x 15’W

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

poplar tree windscreen
Poplar tree windscreen

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

Populus nigra – Lombardy Poplar – 50’H x 12’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


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

Evergreen hedge
Pyramidal Eastern Arborvitae

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

© The Naturarian

11 thoughts on “The Skinny on Skinny Trees – Columnar / Fastigiate Trees”

  1. I always wanted a house with a long driveway with such trees… but my wallet is too skinny for that… I like the second photo with the trees in the middle of two ball shaped ones… it reminds me of something LOL

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    1. Giggle. I just had to. I do have my blog set to PG-13, Soooo 😉
      Although I’d have to research what’s specifically good for your hood, but without specifics… To save $$, buy a smaller sized, fast growing tree. For instance, a maple will grow faster than an oak. Most folks use these skinny trees for a hedge, for privacy, so who cares what the species? I get it if its right next to your front door, tho. You’d want something unique. =-)

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    1. HeeHee! Right 😉
      I do like them and those leaves! Love them in the wind!!
      Although I recommended them in the post, they don’t do very well, or should I say for very long here. I ask folks how long they want to live in the house, if they say 5 years, I say, buy the tree, its cheap and will grow fast to look mature when you sell. Choose otherwise, if you intend to retire here.

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