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Botanical name: Carpinus betulus
Other names: Hornbeam
Species: C. betulus - C. betulus is a hardy and sturdy deciduous tree with an upright, triangular shape and mid-green leaves turning yellow and orange in autumn.
Carpinus betulus is: Deciduous
Flower: Light green in Spring
Foliage: Light green in Spring; Green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn
Fruit: Pale-brown in Autumn
Tree shape: Irregular, Spreading
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Propagation methods: Grafting, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) will reach a height of 25m and a spread of 20m after 20-50 years.
Suggested uses: Architectural, Foliage only, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance
Cultivation: Plant in any soil. Prefers a sunny position. Ensure space to grow to full size.
|This plant likes...||Garden match|
|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Light:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Aspect:||North, South, East, West|
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We have a clay soil garden, prone to waterlogging. We want to plant a row of pleached hornbeams to form a screen from our neighbours. We are told they tolerate clay, but how do they tolerate water, and can anyone suggest anything better suited that will provide instant cover ? Thanks
Grown as a tree, hornbeam is only suitable for large gardens. The rarely seen hawfinch is fond of its seeds, and the leaves are the food plant of many moths.
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