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Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus
Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus
Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus
Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus

Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus

A classic and stylish way to create hedges and boundaries that will define your outdoor living space.
Grows to
Grows To
800 cm
1200 cm
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Plant Care Information:

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

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Item: 510727
£17.99
Grows to
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1200 cm
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  • Hornbeam is very similar to Beech as it retains many of its leaves through winter.
  • Leaves begin green in spring, then change with the season to copper in the winter.
  • An ideal hedging plant use to divide areas of your garden, line pathways and borders or screen off areas for privacy.
  • Hedges are also great for the environment and wildlife, providing shelter and food supplies for many animals.
  • Supplied as an 80-100cm plant (inc 3L pot), ready for planting out.
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A deciduous, broadleaf tree native to the UK, hornbeam is very similar to Beech both in looks and habit, even retaining many of its leaves through winter (although it does lose a few more than Beech). Hornbeam has bright green new leaves in spring with deep veins and a serrated edge, which differentiates it from Beech, and these give way to coppery leaves in winter, which are retained by the tree through the colder months.

Often confused with beach which has as less serrated leaf and also fruits which lack wings, hornbeam is more tolerant of poor soils and exposed sites than beech, and if your ground lays a little wet in winter for example clay soils, then hornbeam will tolerate this better.

These features mean that Hornbeam is perfect for creating high hedges to screen out noise and wind, growing around 20-40cm per year and quickly creating a high privacy screen.

As well as creating a border to your garden, hedges are also great for the environment and wildlife, and hornbeam is no different as it provides shelter and food supplies for many animals, especially as it retains its leaves over winter.

Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence.

Supplied as an 80-100 cm plant (inc 3L pot), ready for planting out - potted plants can be planted at any time as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged.

NB Plants are dormant between October and April and are sent out without leaves.

What Is Supplied

Item 510727 supplied as:
Supplied as an 80-100 cm plant (inc 3L pot), ready for planting out - potted plants can be planted at any time as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Plants are dormant between October and April and are sent out without leaves.

Top Tips

Add mycorrhizal fungi with the roots on planting to help the plants get established more efficiently.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus:

  • Pot-grown shrubs can be planted at any time of the year as long as the soil is not waterlogged or frozen. If in doubt, err towards spring but remember to keep pots well-watered so that the soil does not dry out.
  • Shrub roots generally tend to spread out rather than down, so dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill one the shrub is in place.
  • We've found that a square hole is better than a round one as the new roots, once they reach the edges tend to grow in a circle round the circumference of the hole whereas when they reach the corners of a square hole, they find it easier to grow through.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your shrub in the hole at the same level at the pot then refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball and water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.


Aftercare Advice for your Hornbeam:

  • If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first season.
  • Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.


Pruning Advice for Carpinus betulus:

  • Hornbeam trees do not require regular pruning, just a quick once over to remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches in the winter.
  • If growing as a hedge, leave to establish for two seasons then remove the top of the plant when the desired height is reached and clip once a year in the summer.

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Plant Dimensions
1200 cm
800 cm
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