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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.
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.
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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