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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  2. Carpinus Betulus Orange Retz 15 Litre
    £57.00

    Foliage is tinged bronze in spring turning lime green all summer then fiery oranges and reds in autumn Is also ideal for tall formal hedge. Better than beech for damp soils. 2 metres tall

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  3. Carpinus Betulus Standard 8/10Girth
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    Deciduous, erect tree with a very distinctive flame-like outline.

    Girth 8/10

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    Deciduous, erect tree with a very distinctive flame-like outline.

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    Stunning deicduous frame

    Wall Frame 160cm high x 110cm Wide

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  7. Carpinus B. Pleached Standard 12/14 G 120 x 140 Frame
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    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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  8. Carpinus B. Pleached Standard 14/16 G 120 x 140 Frame
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    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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  9. Carpinus betulus 45 Litre Pot 3/4 Standard Pleached 150cm Stem
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    Carpinus betulus Green foliage that turns yellow for autumn.  Catkins open in spring, followed by hop-like fruiting catkins. 

    150cm Stem

    150cm wide x 130 cm high Frame

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  10. Carpinus Betulus Pleached Standard 160x200cm Frame 130Litre Pot
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    Deciduous, erect tree that will hide anything!

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

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