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 (fă-stĭj′ē-ĭt) also fas·tig·i·at·ed (-ē-ā′tĭd)
adj. Botany
Having erect, clustered, almost parallel branches, as in the Lombardy poplar.

[Medieval Latin fastīgiātus, high, from Latin fastīgium, apex, height.]

fas·tig′i·ate·ly adv.
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(fæˈstɪdʒɪɪt; -ˌeɪt) or


1. (Botany) (of plants) having erect branches, often appearing to form a single column with the stem
2. (Zoology) (of parts or organs) united in a tapering group
[C17: from Medieval Latin fastīgiātus lofty, from Latin fastīgium height]
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(fæˈstɪdʒ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

also fas•tig′i•at`ed,

1. rising to a pointed top.
2. Bot. erect and parallel, as branches.
[1655–65; < Latin fastīgi(um) height, highest point + -ate1]
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- Means "sloping up to a point."
See also related terms for sloping.
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A form of growth where the branches grow up vertically almost parallel to the main stem.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fastigiate - having clusters of erect branches (often appearing to form a single column)
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
erect, upright, vertical - upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"
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The plants used in topiary are evergreen, mostly woody, have small leaves or needles, produce dense foliage, and have compact and/or columnar (e.g., fastigiate) growth habits
Go for narrow, fastigiate trees such as Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer' a flowering pear with wonderful autumn colour, or Carpinus betulus 'Frans Fontaine' a narrow form of our native hornbeam.
When choosing a variety, it's a good idea to estimate its eventual dimensions and to know whether or not it is spreading or more fastigiate.
If space is really limited there are fastigiate forms (narrow and columnar) that will grow slowly upwards without ever creating too much shade.
Prunus amanagawa is a small, fastigiate cherry so it might be feasible to cover it with netting until the flowers blossom - fasten at the bottom so the birds don't go under the netting.
And don't be fooled by trees of narrower habit, like fastigiate and columnar species.
For the price of a couple of bags of fancy gravel, you can buy a tree such as Fastigiate flowering cherry or crab apple that look good in any garden.
Trees of this shape include fastigiate beech (shown), upright English oak, European hornbeam.
Seeds of Pinto Saltillo are truncate or fastigiate in shape with light brown spots, unlike the darker seed coat color of other pinto cultivars.
'Red Pillar' - Columnar or fastigiate with red-purple leaves that are orange tinted in fall.