Hornbeam hedging looks almost identical to a beech hedge, which is one of the most popular formal and country hedge plants.
Slightly cheaper than Beech, Hornbeam hedging is suitable for damp, shady or very cold sites that Beech won't tolerate. When to use Hornbeam instead of Beech.
Just like beech, a Hornbeam hedge will hold onto its dead autumn leaves throughout the winter.
Other Names for Hornbeam - Carpinus betulus:
Potted VS Bareroot Hornbeam:
Hornbeam is delivered in a pot during summer and bareroot in the winter (Nov-March).
The plants themselves are exactly the same, though the smallest & cheapest size, graded at 40-60cms tall, is only available bareroot.
Which Size is Best for Hornbeam Hedging?
You can choose the plants' size at delivery to suit your budget and schedule:
When can you plant Hornbeam?
Hornbeam is available bareroot for winter planting, Nov-March, and potted for the rest of the year.
When do you Clip and Prune Hornbeam?
When your hedge is mature, you can make it keep its autumn foliage during winter by giving it a light trim in late spring and again in Early August. If necessary, carry out heavier pruning work in winter.
How to Plant a Hornbeam Hedge:
Hornbeam is very hardy and will grow in any soil type, though it doesn't perform well in poorly fertile earth.
Once your plants are in the ground, give them a very light trim by snipping off the top bud from the end of each stem - this will encourage them to become bushier.
Spacing: 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart, in a single row is fine for most hedges. You can plant a staggered double row at 20-25 cms apart if you want it to be very secure.
Looking for a big Hornbeam tree instead of a hedge?
We have Large Hornbeam Standards for sale - these are the same tree as the hedging plants, just delivered at a larger size and grown with a nice straight trunk.
You can also buy Fastigiate Hornbeam, which is a compact, upright ornamental variety.