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An important characteristic to note when choosing trees and plants is their natural growing habit. Fastigiate or columnar evergreens have a naturally tall and narrow habit of growing with erect branches that have the appearance of forming an erect column.
Columnar evergreen trees can be used to great effect to punctuate your garden or outside space. They also serve as an ideal immediate and elegant evergreen screen or hedge when planted close together. They are very practical in smaller gardens as they are very space efficient being tall yet narrow.
If you happen to lose a plant and are left with a vacant slot, consider planting a columnar evergreen tree to fill empty corners or spaces in the garden. Providing vertical interest by using taller plants or trees tends to particularly attract the eye. You can take advantage of this to emphasise attractive aspects of your garden. There are many types of columnar evergreens with varying textures and shapes. Here are a few of our favourites:
Many of you have Italianate or Mediterranean themed gardens. Complete the look with the beautiful Italian Pencil Cypress (Cupressus Sempervirens). A pair of Italian pencil pines also look stylish when framing a doorway or any entrance or path. These can also be used to line driveways, particularly smaller ones as they don’t take up so much depth space.
Tip:If you are based in an exposed and windy area, as alternative to Italian Pencil Pine, you could also consider our Thuja Smaragd Pencil Cypress trees, which have a neat, conical growth habit but are somewhat hardier than the pencil cypress.
Other fastigiate trees to consider are False Cypress or Lawson’s Cypress (Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana Columnaris). This evergreen has striking blue green foliage that is fragrant and has an elegant columnar shape. It is very suitable for use as hedging or screening.
Calocedrus Decurrens otherwise known as the Incense Cedar Tree, is another evergreen conifer with a columnar habit. This is a somewhat larger or wider fastigiate and can get to be quite a large tree so make sure you have enough space for this one.
Weeping Trees with their naturally pendulous habit always seem to add a sense of mystique to the garden or landscape. Perhaps because their trailing growth habit goes against the grain of regular trees whose branches naturally reach for the skies. Although it can be said that some weeping trees require a large space to fulfil their majestic potential, there are many options suited to the smaller garden. Let’s take a closer look! Read more Weeping Trees – large and small, deciduous and evergreen ›