Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: High

Dry Soil: High

Lime: High

The Hornbeam stands as a cornerstone in many of Britain’s ancient woodlands, thriving even in challenging soils like clay and chalk. Its deciduous leaves enrich the soil when they fall, enhancing its fertility over time. While it can endure short bouts of waterlogging, it might struggle in overly dry, sandy soils. With roots primarily within the top 300mm of soil, careful consideration is necessary when selecting planting sites and ensuring proper root space. For optimal growth success, opt for rootballed specimens from our field grown production during their dormant phase.

Carpinus betulus showcases a fluted trunk cloaked in smooth grey-green bark. Its malleable nature allows for artistic pruning, crafting, unique, twisted or windblown forms.

In spring, its foliage opens in a vivid lime green, marked by deep veins and distinct ripples. As autumn approaches, leaves transition into golden yellows tinged with butterscotch. Come winter, leaves become a rich treacle hue and remain on well pruned trees.

Adaptable and versatile, the Hornbeam suits a myriad of landscape designs. Left to flourish in expansive parks or estates, it can stand grand for over two centuries. Yet, with its strategic pruning, its potential is limitless for innovative landscaping. Consider our field grown Archways for grand entrances or the neat, geometrically pruned Carpinus for a modern urban aesthetic.

For a serene outdoor dining experience, plant 6 Parasol Carpinus in rows of three. These trees with their intertwining canopies, create dapple shade effect, while their clean trunks exude a minimalist elegance.

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Size

Large

10m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Environment

Ideal for roadsides and central reservations.

Canopy

Densely branched conical canopy whilst growing. Through maturity it develops into a bottom-heavy pear-drop shape. Accepts pruning extremely well, allowing crown raises and thinning works for urban requirements.

Foliage

Lime green foliage marked by deep veins and distinct ripples. Becomes butterscotch yellow in autumn and a rich treacle in winter. Remain on the tree well into the season.

Resilience

A resilient tree that thrives in shaded areas. It can flourish in various soil types, from chalk to clay. Withstands unfavourable planting conditions and can adapt to different pruning regimes.

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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