Carpinus betulus (Common Hornbeam) is a native tree. It has bright green leaves which turn a shining yellow through to brown in the Autumn. Hornbeam often retains these brown leaves through the Winter and into the Spring. Left to its nature state in a parkland setting, Hornbeam grows to be a large tree and looks good in groups. However, it takes really well to pruning and clipping into shape and therefore makes excellent hedging or as a pleached tree as a screening tree; it is tough and regenerates well.
Ideal conditions – Hornbeam tolerates a wide range of conditions: sun and shade, cool to hot, as well as windy sites. It is happy in both dry and wet soils as well as either chalk or clay.
Maximum height: 15 – 20 metres if left natural