Carpinus betulus is a native tree found mainly in south and east Britain. It clips well making it ideal for hedging and pleaching. In autumn the leaves turn golden yellow and it will hold some leaf during winter. Tolerance of poor planting conditions make it an extremely useful plant.
In Old English, horn-beam meant hard tree. The wood has been used for cart wheels, chopping blocks, mallets and piano parts.
Carpinus betulus is available from Deepdale as a standard tree, feathered plant, clipped hedging unit, pleached or box head and in other forms.
Name: Carpinus betulus
Common Name: Hornbeam
Height: up to 25m
Leaves: Green, ribbed leaves with a fine toothed edge turning yellow in autumn.
Bark: Grey and smooth becoming fluted or muscular with age.
Flower: Catkins appear after leaves
Fruit: Female flowers develop into winged seeds / keys
Habit: Broadly conical.
FACT: It is thought that the maze at Hampton Court was originally planted with Hornbeam.
Hornbeam makes valuable firewood as it burns slowly and is hot enough to smelt iron.
Standard 18-20-25cm girth
3m instant Hedging Elements
Feathered plants 1.5-2.0m
Carpinus box head and instant hedging