This tree starts out with a narrow pyramidal crown which eventually ends up as a wide ovoid. 'Fastigiata' has a very compact and closed crown with a strictly vertical trunk. Height 15 - 18 m. The tree can eventually attain a width of 15 m. It is column-shaped only when young. Sometimes specimens are found that branch out from ground level and can thus be pruned annually. The tree is often confused with the 'Columnaris' cultivar, which remains narrower. The leaves are a fresh green colour in the spring and turn colour to golden yellow in the autumn. Winter hardiness zone: 5a
Several cultivated varieties of the hedge beech are popular as avenue and street trees.
Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' is one of the best known examples.