A tree that, especially as a sapling, grows more rapidly than F. sylvatica. The shape of the crown is therefore more upright than with F. sylvatica, with a more pointed top and straight upright trunk. The upright pointed branches are more diagonally placed than F. sylvatica, which makes the crown denser. The soft bark is rather thin and greyish in colour. Young twigs and leaves are thickly haired. The reverse ovate to oval (almost diamond shaped) leaves are fresh green, 6 - 12 cm large and have a yellow autumn colour. Inconspicuous flowering in small catkins, followed by 1 - 2 cm large nuts in a brush-like woody covering. The tree is best used as a park tree. Prefers well-drained, not too wet, humus rich soil and is moderately wind-tolerant.