Carpinus betulus

Carpinus betulus

Carpinus betulus

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) makes a wonderful formal hedge. It resembles beech at a distance, but look closely and you will notice that the leaves are more heavily striated, with the veins indented and a slightly frilly edge to the leaf. Like beech, it retains the juvenile foliage through winter, so provides a screen all year round. Unlike beech, it prefers a heavier soil, so is perfect for those who would like a beech hedge but are on wet soils. It will also tolerate full shade, so is exceptionally versatile as a hedging plant.

Hornbeam loves being clipped - it responds by sending out lots of fresh new growth - so it makes a lovely dense, well-furnished hedge. Clip in early spring and again in late summer, and it will look its best all year round.

For garden hedges and boundaries, plant in a single row every 30cm. For a stock-proof hedge, plant in a double staggered row at 5 plants per metre.

Plant sizes:

We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don’t think you can buy better.

<p dir="ltr">Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)&nbsp;makes a wonderful formal hedge. It resembles beech at a distance, but look closely and you will notice that the leaves are more heavily striated, with the veins indented and a slightly frilly edge to the leaf. Like beech, it retains the juvenile foliage through winter, so provides a screen all year round. Unlike beech, it prefers a heavier soil, so is perfect for those who would like a beech hedge but are on wet soils. It will also tolerate full shade, so is exceptionally versatile as a hedging plant.</p> <p>Hornbeam loves being clipped - it responds by sending out lots of fresh new growth - so it makes a lovely dense, well-furnished hedge. Clip in early spring and again in late summer, and it will look its best all year round.</p> <p>For garden hedges and boundaries, plant in a single row every 30cm. For a stock-proof hedge, plant in a double staggered row at 5 plants per metre.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Plant sizes:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don&rsquo;t think you can buy better.</p>