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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
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - attractive specimen trees and excellent for hedging.
  • Pests & Diseases - caterpillars, aphids, coral spot.
  • Place of origin - Europe, Asia, North America.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -

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CARPINUS betulus  >

Commonly known as: Common hornbeam.
Pot grown individually £8.50 each, 10+ £7.00 each

CARPINUS betulus 'Fastigiata'  AWARD

CARPINUS betulus 'Fastigiata'  >

Commonly known as: Common hornbeam.
Upright columnar growing form
Whip £20.00 each
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Estimated availability autumn 2020 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CARPINUS fangiana

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
Grafted £27.50 each


CARPINUS japonica  >

Commonly known as: Hornbeam.
Wide branching and beautiful tree with corrugated leaves and prominent catkins
£22.50 each
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Availability yet to be determined - We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock

CARPINUS kawakamii

CARPINUS kawakamii  >

Commonly known as: Hornbeam.
Small tree in cultivation. Serrated leaves and long catkins
£25.00 each

CARPINUS turczaninowii

CARPINUS turczaninowii  >

Commonly known as: Hornbeam.
A shrubby tree with bright red new leaves. An attractive and rare species with good autumn colour
£25.00 each

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