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Commonly known as Fang's hornbeam
DeciduousLarge, narrowly ovate to elliptic, double-toothed, mid-green, thin leaves 6-25cm (2½-10in) long with deeply impressed veins.
Tall ShrubUsually 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 winterHardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesCaterpillars, aphids, coral spot.Place of originChina. Southeastern Sichuan. Collected by Chinese botanist Fang Wen-Pei (1899-1983)
Leaf marginDouble Serrate
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable 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
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilModerately fertile
Tree ShapeBroadly conical