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Carpinus

Carpinus 

Carpinus or common Hornbeam is a deciduous, native tree whose name is thought to translate to 'hard tree' from middle English times so called for the strength of its wood which is the hardest of any tree is Europe and was traditionally used for coach wheels and cogs for water mills.  

It has pale grey bark with vertical markings with green leaves similar to beech, oval with pointed tips, however Hornbeam leaves are smaller and more deeply furrowed with finely toothed edges. 

Hornbeam leaves will turn yellow in autumn and although deciduous will keep most of the leaves during winter which provides shelter to native wildlife, catkins open in spring and its large, winged seeds can be spotted in autumn as they are dispersed by the wind. 
 

Where to site your Carpinus 
 

Tall, bushy trees best sited where you want to screen out any overlooking neighbours along a fence line. 
 

How to grow and look after your Carpinus 
 

Hornbeam will grow in most soils including difficult spots like heavy clay and chalky soils. It is happy in wet soil as long as it isn’t water-logged for long periods especially over the winter however it is at its best in well draining soil. It is tolerant of wind and will grow in exposed sites and likes full sun but will also tolerate partial and even deep shade. 

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  1. Carpinus B. Pleached Half Standard 20 Litre Pot
    £186.00
    Stem height 80/100cm Height of frame 120 X 100 cm wide Learn More
  2. Carpinus B. Pleached 25 Litre 8/10 Girth Full Standard 120x120
    £287.00
    Stem height 180cm Girth 8/10cm Height of frame 120 X 120 cm wide Learn More
  3. Carpinus B. Pleached Standard 12/14 G 120 x 140 Frame
    £287.50

    120 cm Wide X 140 cm High on a heavy 12-14 cm girth 180/190cm strong stem

    It's a hedge in the air!  Ideal height to peep just above a 6 foot fence.

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  4. Carpinus B. Pleached Standard 14/16 G 120 x 140 Frame
    £312.50

    120 cm Wide X 140 cm High on a heavy 14/16 cm girth 180/190cm strong stem

    It's a hedge in the air!  Ideal height to peep just above a 6 foot fence.

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  5. Carpinus B. Rockhampton Red Pleached Standard 10/12cm Girth 50 Litre Pot
    £330.00
    Carpinus B. Rockhampton Pleached Tree, Height of stem 180-200cm, Girth 10/12cm, Height of frame approx 1.2m x 1.2m wide Learn More
  6. Carpinus Betulus Wall Frame 200x130cm 65 Litre Pot
    £333.50

    Stunning deicduous frame

    Wall Frame 200cm high x 130cm Wide

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  7. Carpinus B. Pleached Half Standard 65 Litre Pot
    £333.50
    Stem height 65cm Height of frame 200 X 100 cm wide Learn More
  8. Carpinus B. Pleached 12/14 Girth Full Standard 120x150cm 70 Litre
    £348.00
    Full Standard stem with a extra heavy girth of 12-14 cm with a frame above of 120 high and 150 wide. Ideal for screening out above a 2 metre fence. Learn More
  9. Carpinus Betulus Lucas Full Standard With Pleached 150cm x 180cm Wide Frame
    £495.00
    Heavy 16-18 cm girth clear stem of 2 metre with a frame above 150 cm tall by 180cm wide. Great for screening out views and formal gardening. Lucas keeps it's leaves well after the autumn colouring of yellows and oranges. Learn More
  10. Carpinus Betulus Pleached Standard 160x200cm Frame 130Litre Pot
    £812.00

    Deciduous, erect tree that will hide anything!

    Stem height 200cm, 160cm Tall x 200cm Wide Frame, Giith 20/30cm

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