Hornbeam - 3 litres
Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) is a large, handsome British native tree with beech-like leaves and a distinctive grey fluted trunk. Greenish catkins are borne in spring followed by winged nuts. Good as an alternative to beech in heavy clay soils and often used for hedging, when it retains its brown leaves through winter. Traditionally coppiced. Tolerant of exposed situations.
Height and spread 8-10m by 5-6m (25-35ft x 15-20ft) in 20 years. Plant in any reasonable soil in full sun or partial shade.
For a single- row hedge, plant between 3-5 plants per metre. For a double- row hedge, stagger 5-7 plants per metre with 40cm between the rows. Trim in July-August.
This plant has an RHS Award of Garden Merit.
British nursery grown.
|Awards||RHS Award of Garden Merit|
|Botanical name||Carpinus betulus|
|British nursery grown||Y|
|Plant type||Deciduous Hedging|
|Season of interest||Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter|
|Time to maturity||More than 50 years|
|Ultimate height||20m +|
|Ultimate spread||8m +|