OSTRYA carpinifolia

Commonly known as European hop hornbeam

Long catkins in spring and good yellow autumn colour
Further Reading....

OSTRYA carpinifolia



  • Deciduous
    doubly-toothed, lustrous, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long, each with 15-20 pairs of veins.
  • Height
    20m (66ft)
  • Spread
    20m (66ft)
  • Tree
    Produces pendulous male catkins to 7cm (3in) long. These form in autumn and open in mid-spring. Hop-like white fruit clusters 5cm (2in) long develop in summer and turn brown in autumn.
  • Hardy - very cold winter Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin
    southeastern Europe, Turkey, Syria, Caucasus.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Double Serrate see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate see photos above
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly conical - to rounded.
20m (66ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  20m (66ft)

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