Carpinus betulus - Hornbeam
Carpinus betulus is a native tree found mainly in south and east Britain. It clips well making it ideal for hedging and pleaching. In autumn the leaves turn golden yellow and it will hold some leaf during winter. Tolerance of poor planting conditions make it an extremely useful plant.
In Old English, horn-beam meant hard tree. The wood has been used for cart wheels, chopping blocks, mallets and piano parts.
Carpinus betulus is available from Deepdale as a standard tree, feathered plant, clipped hedging unit, pleached or box head and in other forms.
FACT: It is thought that the maze at Hampton Court was originally planted with Hornbeam.
FACT: Hornbeam makes valuable firewood as it burns slowly and is hot enough to smelt iron.
Name: Carpinus betulus
Common Name: Hornbeam
Height: up to 25m
Leaves: Green, ribbed leaves with a fine toothed edge turning yellow in autumn.
Bark: Grey and smooth becoming fluted or muscular with age.
Flower: Catkins appear after leaves
Fruit: Female flowers develop into winged seeds / keys
Habit: Broadly conical.
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