Conspicuous fruiting catkins are a feature of the Japanese Hornbeam in spring.
Introduced from Japan in 1895, this small tree won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
It is particularly effective when used for pleaching as the spreading horizontal branches can be easily trained and the flowering hop display along their length is a fantastic bonus compared to using native hornbeam for the same purpose.
A most beautiful and widely spreading, rounded small tree, it has heavily corrugated foliage, which is darker than the European Hornbeam, and attractive fruiting catkins which resemble hops.
An excellent park tree, it has smooth, pink/grey bark. It grows well on most soils, including clay and chalk. A most useful and pretty tree for poor planting conditions.
Mature height: 5-10m
|Common Name(s)||:||Japanese Hornbeam|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree Features||:||Brown Catkins|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Spring Interest|
|Soil Type||:||Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Alkaline Soil, Chalk Soil|
|Mature Size||:||Small (under 10m)|
|Tree uses||:||Woodland Sites, Garden, Parkland Trees|