Carpinus betulus is a popular native tree to the UK, its timber has traditionally been used to produce finely grained timber which has many uses.
The foliage of Carpinus betulus is often confused with Beech, as the leaves are quite similar. The leaves of Hornbeam are oval in shape, ribbed and serrated around the edges and turn from bright green in the spring to a lovely clear yellow in the autumn time.
It won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002. Carpinus betulus is a large tree at maturity and it has a characteristic grey, fluted trunk. It is a most useful tree for poor soil conditions, growing well on most soils, including clay and chalk.
This tree is a superb choice for parklands and very large gardens which are not daunted by its significant eventual size.
It can also be a useful selection from smaller gardens too where it can be closely planted to form a hedge or its branches can be trained into a pleach to form a stilted hedge above the fence line. If the leader is removed and planted as a hedge, this tree will retain its golden-brown leaves well into the winter.
Mature height: 20m+
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Autumn Interest|
|Soil Type||:||Clay Soil, Chalk Soil|
|Mature Size||:||Large (over 20m)|
|Tree uses||:||Hedging Trees, Woodland Sites, Avenue Trees, Parkland Trees, Screening Trees|
Carpinus betulus - Hornbeam
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