CARPINUS

Commonly known as Hornbeam

Attractive specimen trees. Hardier than beech and tolerates wet soil much better.

Hornbeams yield very hard timber which is difficult to work. Long-lasting items such as tool handles, coach wheels, shoe lasts and gear pegs for windmills have been worked from this "ironwood".

Genus of about 40 species of deciduous trees from woodland in Europe, Asia and North America.

The UK native C. betulus, most common in the southeast, and rare in Scotland and Ireland, is favoured by the elusive hawfinch which is fond of the seeds which fall from October.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Alternate, prominently-veined, toothed leaves.
  • Tree
    Grown for its elegant habit, ornamental foliage, autumn colour and pendent racemes of fruit. Male and female catkins on same tree in spring.
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

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CARPINUS betulus

CARPINUS betulus

Common hornbeam

 
Pot grown
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CARPINUS betulus 'Fastigiata'

CARPINUS betulus 'Fastigiata'

Common hornbeam

upright columnar growing form

 
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CARPINUS betulus 'Rockhampton Red'

CARPINUS betulus 'Rockhampton Red'

Common hornbeam

excellent autumn colour in fiery orange and red

 
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CARPINUS fangiana

CARPINUS fangiana

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

 
Grafted
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CARPINUS japonica

CARPINUS japonica

Hornbeam

wide branching and beautiful tree with corrugated leaves and prominent catkins

 
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CARPINUS kawakamii

CARPINUS kawakamii

Hornbeam

small tree in cultivation. Serrated leaves and long catkins

 
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CARPINUS polyneura

CARPINUS polyneura

Hornbeam

reddish-purple new growth of willow-like appearance. Strongly veined leaves with long pinted tips

 
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