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CARPINUS betulus

Commonly known as Common hornbeam

Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only
Pot grown individually £8.50 each, 10+ £7.00 each


  • Deciduous - unequally-toothed mid-green leaves 7-12cm (3-5in) turning yellow to orange in autumn.
  • Height - 25m (80ft)
  • Spread - 20m (70ft)
  • Tree - smooth, fluted grey bark. Catkins in spring; male, yellow to 3cm (1in) long, female, greenish, to 12cm (5in) long.
  • Very hardy - Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - our native hornbeam. Wildlife plant - moth larvae, birds. Makes excellent hedge, retaining leaves when trimmed.
  • Pests & Diseases - caterpillars, aphids, coral spot.
  • Place of origin - Europe, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept -
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Dentate - 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 - Autumn -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical - - to rounded broadly spreading
25m (80ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  20m (70ft)

Buy Varieties of CARPINUS betulus

CARPINUS betulus 'Fastigiata'  AWARD

CARPINUS betulus 'Fastigiata'  >

Commonly known as: Common hornbeam.
Upright columnar growing form
Whip £25.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

CARPINUS betulus 'Rockhampton Red'

CARPINUS betulus 'Rockhampton Red'  >

Commonly known as: Common hornbeam.
Excellent autumn colour in fiery orange and red
£25.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

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