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CARPINUS fangiana

Commonly known as Fang's hornbeam

Perhaps the most striking and unusual of all hornbeams which is a serious 'must have' for any collector. Bronze young leaves and long clusters of fruits with toothed bracts
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Available Early Spring 2021 - Should be available March/April onwards depending on growing conditions.
Grafted £27.50 each

Delivery Information Available Early Spring 2021


  • Deciduous - large, narrowly ovate to elliptic, double-toothed, mid-green, thin leaves 6-25cm (2½-10in) long with deeply impressed veins.
  • Height - 12m (39ft)
  • Spread - 5m (16ft)
  • Tall Shrub - usually remains as a large, multistemmed shrub. Makes a tree in warm and humid conditions. Produces male catkins to 6cm(2½in) long and females to 50cm (20in) long with papery bracts.
  • 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 - - caterpillars, aphids, coral spot.
  • Place of origin - China. Southeastern Sichuan. Collected by Chinese botanist Fang Wen-Pei (1899-1983)
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Double Serrate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Ovate
  • 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 - Spring -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - moderately fertile
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical -
Carpinus - Growing Guide
12m (39ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  5m (16ft)

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