Hornbeam Hedging

Hornbeam hedging (Carpinus Betulus or European hornbeam hedges) is one of our bestsellers and extremely easy to establish. Known for its nut-brown foliage during winter, hornbeam adds a touch of depth and colour into your garden. Hopes Grove Nurseries provide fresh, high-quality hornbeam hedging in a variety of forms from bare root hedge plants to instant hedging.  If you’d like to learn more about our European hornbeam, explore the page below or get in touch to speak with a friendly team member.

Step 1: Choose Your Root Type

Step 2: Choose Size and Quantity

Rootball Hedging

Beautiful bushy plants grown in our fields for several years, they are lifted in season (October-Early May) with the immediate root ball which is wrapped in hessian for protection. Strong plants giving instant impact at moderate cost.

Potted Hedging

We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.

Instant Hedging

Convenient pre-clipped hedging plants grown in sections to provide immediate impact from the moment of planting. Those grown in troughs are available for delivery and planting all year, rootball products are available from October-April.

Hornbeam Rootball Hedging 5-6ft 150/175cm

  • feathered tree

  • Plant(s) per metre: 2-3
  • Minimum order quantity: 10

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10 + 25 + 100 +
£44.39 £43.19 £41.99

300 in stock

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Hornbeam Rootball Hedging 6-6.5ft 175/200cm

  • feathered tree

  • Plant(s) per metre: 2-3
  • Minimum order quantity: 10

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10 + 25 + 100 +
£50.39 £48.59 £47.99

300 in stock

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Hornbeam Rootball Hedging 6.5-7.5ft 200/225cm

  • feathered tree

  • Plant(s) per metre: 2-3
  • Minimum order quantity: 10

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10 + 25 + 100 +
£58.79 £58.19 £57.59

300 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 2-3ft 60/90cm

  • in 2 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 3
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£8.87 £8.63 £8.51 £8.39

1278 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 3-4ft 90/120cm

  • in 2 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 3-5
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£14.39£10.07 £13.55£9.48 £12.95£9.06 £11.99£8.39

137 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 3.5-4ft 100/125cm

  • in 4 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 3
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£26.39£13.20 £25.19£12.60 £23.99£12.00 £22.79£11.40

970 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 4-5ft 125/150cm

  • in 4 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 3
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£31.19£15.60 £29.99£15.00 £28.79£14.40 £27.59£13.80

972 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 5-6ft 150/175cm

  • in 4 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 3
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£37.19£18.60 £35.99£18.00 £34.79£17.40 £33.59£16.80

1791 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 6-6.5ft 175/200cm

  • in 10 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 2
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£51.59£38.69 £50.39£37.79 £49.19£36.89 £47.99£35.99

96 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 200cm+

  • in 10 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 2
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£56.39£42.29 £55.19£41.39 £53.99£40.49 £52.79£39.59

318 in stock

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Hornbeam Potted Hedging 6.5-7.5ft 200/225cm

  • in 15 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 2
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£59.99£30.00 £58.79£29.40 £57.59£28.80 £56.39£28.20

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Hornbeam Instant Hedging 6-6.5ft 180/200cm

  • 75 litre trough hedge

  • Trough(s) per metre: 1
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£330.00£198.00 £322.80£193.68 £318.00£190.80 £310.80£186.48

29 in stock

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Product Information

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Hornbeam hedge plants (Carpinus Betulus) is an extremely attractive and versatile plant that makes it a popular choice for many homeowners and gardeners. It looks great all year round due to its bright colours but grows in several different types of conditions. Known for its durability and stunning autumnal leaves, Hornbeam hedges are an extremely sought after hedging type.

As a native hedge plant, hornbeams have extremely similar characteristics to beech hedges but differ by Hornbeam having more deeply veined leaves with serrated edges (the edge of a Beech leaf is smooth and wavy). The leaves are bright fresh green when they emerge in spring, becoming a deeper green as they mature later in the season.

In Autumn the foliage changes through various shades of yellow before turning brown at the start of winter. A Hornbeam hedge will retain its leaves during winter in the same way as both types of Beech, although it can lose a few more leaves, especially in windy weather. In winter the Hornbeam leaves are a darker nut-brown colour compared to the coppery brown of Beech.

Their year-round leaf coverage is extremely attractive to wildlife that provides shelter, roosting, nesting and foraging opportunities for native animals and birds. Its seeds are eaten by small mammals during winter, whilst a number of insects such as caterpillars and moths feed on its leaves all year round. If you’re looking for a hedging species to help wildlife in your local area, this is the hedge for you.

How to Plant European Hornbeam Hedging

Hornbeam hedging can flourish in difficult conditions, including in poorly drained soil and is resistant against late spring frosts that can destroy other hedge species. Hornbeam will grow in full sun and partial shade, this is also a good choice for difficult windy and exposed sites where the plants will thrive while bringing valuable shelter and privacy as they develop.

The number of plants you need for a new Hornbeam hedge depends on how patient you are and the size of the plant you’d like. Three plants per metre are adequate in a single row, especially for the larger sizes. Five per metre will give a denser hedge, especially if you plant them in a double row. For thick and fast-developing hornbeam hedges you could use 7 plants per metre in a double row.

Hornbeam trees can grow up to 30m in height and live for over 300 years, so hornbeam hedges require consistent maintenance to stop them growing in height. They’re best pruned in summer to provide a sight screen in winter.

Hornbeam can be maintained as a hedge from under 1 metre to over 5 metres, established hedges can be kept in good order with a single trim in late summer. For a very formal and manicured look, you could trim twice, this may sound like twice as much work but there will be a significantly smaller volume of clippings to get rid of overall. For more on how to keep your Hornbeam maintained, read this article: Hornbeam Hedge Maintenance 

Hornbeam makes an excellent topiary specimen that can be trimmed into most shapes quite easily. They make excellent pleached or shaped trees, especially easy if you start with a modest size between 100-150cm that will easily mould against a stout bamboo cane or tree stake to give a straight stem, the perfect starting point.

Why Choose Hopes Grove Nurseries?

Hopes Grove Nurseries are proud to be the UK’s leading hedging specialists since we started 30 years ago. During this time, we’ve developed our own expert knowledge that we’d love to share with growers across the country.

If you’d like to know more about our growing techniques or looking for some tips, give us a call or browse our knowledge hub for more information. Each member of our sales team has first-hand growing experience, so we’re well-suited to answering any questions you may have. Whether you’re planting Thuja hedging, privet hedges, Alder hedges or Cherry hedges, we’re here to help.

Our priority is ensuring each and every plant is delivered to you fresh and of the highest quality. Our half a million plant varieties are lovingly grown in our 80-acre nursery based in Kent.

It’s no wonder our customers return to us year after year, and with our five-star rating on Feefo, you can see what our customers think about us. You can buy online today, or if you’d like to speak to us directly about our hornbeam hedges, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Delivery is free for most orders above our free delivery thresholds, these are displayed above our prices in the product listings and summarized below. If you don’t need that many plants it’s not a problem, you can choose to pay our delivery charge and only order what you need.

Delivery is convenient – no signature is required so you don’t need to wait in, we will leave your parcel in the safe place that you nominate.

Delivery is fast – because we pick orders daily from our own growing beds your plants only travel the small hop to our packing shed before being sent to you, they are usually delivered within 3-7 days.

Delivery is reliable
– we have been selling and delivering Hedging Plants to our customers nationwide since 1992. We have a lot of experience in packing them safely and only use tried and tested delivery partners.

Smaller Plants (Parcel Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £90£15.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £90Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£24.00

Heavy Plants (Pallet Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £420£72.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £420Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£72.00

Tall Plants 2.5m+ (Specialist Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUnder £1800Please call us
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £1800Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll ordersNot available

Exceptions to our delivery charges are Scottish Highland and Isle of Wight delivery areas where we need to charge a little extra to cover the cost of deliveries to these outlying areas. We don’t currently delivery to other offshore addresses including Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

Tall plants over 2.5 metres have to be delivered by our own specialised transport, our delivery area is limited to mainland England and Wales only.

Please note there is a minimum order value of £50 for orders containing smaller plants and £250 for orders containing heavier plants

Complete delivery information can be viewed on our Delivery Information page

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