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Hornbeam Hedging Plants (Carpinus betulus)

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is a large native tree that is very similar to that of the green beech, but can be easily distinguished by its deep veining and the serrated edge on its mid green leaves. Native to the south of England, it can be found across much of the UK.

Its name originates from the strength of its timber, with horn meaning hard and beam being the Old English term for a tree. Mature trees can live up to 300 years old and reach dizzy heights of 30 metres. In autumn, its leaves turn yellow, and nut brown in winter. The leaves can be retained when cut back in late summer for use as a hedge. Hornbeam loves being planted in wet soil, as well as thriving in frost pockets.

The hornbeam hedging plants produce catkins which can develop into a green fruit, also known as samaras. The hedge itself provides good privacy, as leaves remain on it throughout the year, which can provide a great nesting hedge for birds.

It’s best to plant these 12 to 18 inches apart, or if you’d prefer a thick hedge you could plant staggered double rows 18 to 24 inches between plants and 15 inches between the two rows. We recommend Hornbeam to grow three feet and upwards.

Take a look at our range of Hornbeam plants below. Should you have any questions or require any advice then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialists on 01580 765600, or take a look at our contact page.

  • One of our best sellers, Hornbeam is easy to establish and thrives where it is too wet for Beech, it also retains its nut brown foliage in winter. Our plants are the best you will find.

  • A stunning new variety of Hornbeam. A hardy native plant the leaves turn from green to bright red and orange from late September until November.

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