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Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
82ft
Max height
65ft 7in
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Carpinus betulus

Other names

Hornbeam

Genus

Carpinus Carpinus

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

Tree shape

Irregular, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Light green in Spring

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars Aphids , Caterpillars

Coral spot , Powdery mildew Coral spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Grafting, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) will reach a height of 82ft and a spread of 65ft 7in 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Carpinus betulus

Other names

Hornbeam

Genus

Carpinus Carpinus

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.

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Irregular, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Light green in Spring

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars

Specific diseases

Coral spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Grafting, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) will reach a height of 82ft and a spread of 65ft 7in 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

WUCOLS water use

North Central Coastal - Moderate/Medium

Central Valley - Moderate/Medium

South Coastal - Inappropriate

South Inland Valley - Inappropriate

High & Inter. Desert - Inappropriate

Low Desert - Inappropriate

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