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Hornbeam (Carpinus)

Hornbeam (Carpinus)

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Hornbeam hedge (Carpinus betulus) Hornbeam leaves (Carpinus betulus)Hornbeam Hedging Plants | Taunton | Somerset

Hornbeam Hedging Plants (Carpinus betulus)

Hornbeam forms a beautiful, formal hedge.  It has attractive dark green leaves very similar to those of Beech hedging but they are slightly smaller and have deeper veins.  Hornbeam is not evergreen – it leaves turn brown in the winter but it does hold on to some of them over the winter months creating a partial screen. Hornbeam also has the advantage of tolerating wetter soils than Beech.

Why plant a Hornbeam hedge?

Attractive, formal-looking hedge
Hardy
Tolerant of heavy clay and poor soils
Catkins in spring
Hop-like fruit in clusters in late summer and autumn
Good for nesting birds
Native to the UK

How far apart should I plant Hornbeam?

We recommend planting our 10 litre pot-grown Hornbeam 50cm apart (2 per metre)

What type of soil and growing conditions does a Hornbeam hedge need?

Hornbeam will grow in most soils including heavy clay, wet and chalky soils. It grows in any soil as long as it isn’t water-logged for long periods over the winter in full sun or partial shade. It is tolerant of wind and will grow in exposed sites.

How tall will Hornbeam grow?

It can be trimmed to any height but if left unchecked, it will grow into a medium to large majestic tree more than 8 metres (25ft) tall.

How fast will it grow?

Hornbeam will grow approximately 30-60cm (1-2ft) per year if it is given good conditions for growth.

How often would I need to trim a Hornbeam hedge?     

Trim back to the height and width you want once a year.

When can I plant?

You can plant our container-grown Hornbeam plants at any time of year.  Bare-root plants can only be planted between November and March (over the winter).

Additional Information about Hornbeam

Hornbeam is native to the UK and most of Europe.

Other names include European and Common Hornbeam and Horn Beech.  Its botanical name is Carpinus betulus.

Alternatives to Hornbeam

Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is very similar looking and has glossy green leaves that turn a brighter orange/gold in the winter. It is also deciduous (not evergreen) but holds on to a few more leaves in the winter than Hornbeam.  However, it will not tolerate a wet soil like Hornbeam.

Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) is evergreen and has small, dark green leaves.  It grows quicker than Hornbeam and has bright red stems.

Hornbeam (Carpinus)

Hornbeam (Carpinus)

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Hornbeam hedge (Carpinus betulus) Hornbeam leaves (Carpinus betulus)Hornbeam Hedging Plants | Taunton | Somerset

Hornbeam Hedging Plants (Carpinus betulus)

Hornbeam forms a beautiful, formal hedge.  It has attractive dark green leaves very similar to those of Beech hedging but they are slightly smaller and have deeper veins.  Hornbeam is not evergreen – it leaves turn brown in the winter but it does hold on to some of them over the winter months creating a partial screen. Hornbeam also has the advantage of tolerating wetter soils than Beech.

Why plant a Hornbeam hedge?

Attractive, formal-looking hedge
Hardy
Tolerant of heavy clay and poor soils
Catkins in spring
Hop-like fruit in clusters in late summer and autumn
Good for nesting birds
Native to the UK

How far apart should I plant Hornbeam?

We recommend planting our 10 litre pot-grown Hornbeam 50cm apart (2 per metre)

What type of soil and growing conditions does a Hornbeam hedge need?

Hornbeam will grow in most soils including heavy clay, wet and chalky soils. It grows in any soil as long as it isn’t water-logged for long periods over the winter in full sun or partial shade. It is tolerant of wind and will grow in exposed sites.

How tall will Hornbeam grow?

It can be trimmed to any height but if left unchecked, it will grow into a medium to large majestic tree more than 8 metres (25ft) tall.

How fast will it grow?

Hornbeam will grow approximately 30-60cm (1-2ft) per year if it is given good conditions for growth.

How often would I need to trim a Hornbeam hedge?     

Trim back to the height and width you want once a year.

When can I plant?

You can plant our container-grown Hornbeam plants at any time of year.  Bare-root plants can only be planted between November and March (over the winter).

Additional Information about Hornbeam

Hornbeam is native to the UK and most of Europe.

Other names include European and Common Hornbeam and Horn Beech.  Its botanical name is Carpinus betulus.

Alternatives to Hornbeam

Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is very similar looking and has glossy green leaves that turn a brighter orange/gold in the winter. It is also deciduous (not evergreen) but holds on to a few more leaves in the winter than Hornbeam.  However, it will not tolerate a wet soil like Hornbeam.

Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) is evergreen and has small, dark green leaves.  It grows quicker than Hornbeam and has bright red stems.