Bareroot Hornbeam Hedging Plants

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Misc RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Wet
Type Hedging, Native, Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour
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120/150 cm Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£5.52Available to order - delivery from November£4.80Available to order - delivery from November£4.50Available to order - delivery from November£4.44
150/175 cm Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£7.50Available to order - delivery from November£6.84Available to order - delivery from November£6.60Available to order - delivery from November£6.36
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Hornbeam is probably the most popular deciduous hedging plant in the country for shadier and damper sites where beech won't grow: they are very similar looking. You can order the sizes above 80cms in economy bundles of 50 hornbeam plants here, or browse our other hedging plants.

Its leaves are the most brilliant of greens in spring; Monty Don says that the colour makes his "eyes dance". The veins on each leaf are separated by a corrugated trough so that the leaf with its serrated edge looks a bit crinkled which gives the hedge an interesting texture. The trunks and bark of hornbeam are always well shaped and slightly ridged. In the autumn (unless it has been exceptionally dry) the leaves turn a clear yellow before becoming pale brown for the winter.


  • Size sold: 40-175 cm
  • Height: 1m to very tall
  • Soil: all soils
  • Use: Formal/Native
  • Single Row: 3/m
  • Double row: 5/m
  • Colour: green/brown
  • Feature: tolerant of damp, heavy soil
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Hornbeam

Hornbeam will thrive in almost all soils, unless it is completely waterlogged all year, but prefers a well-drained rich soil. It will grow more slowly and a bit less luxuriantly, but happy nonetheless, in close to full shade. In open, sunny conditions, it is fast-growing.

Just like with beech, if you trim the hedge in mid-summer, the winter leaves will be 'everciduous', meaning that they stay on the branches until next spring.

Spacing a Hornbeam hedge: Like most formal hedging, plant at 3 per metre, 33cm apart in a single row.

Hornbeam in your Garden

It is as an excellent hedging plant, and the best alternative to green beech. Saplings shoot up if well-watered, so within a year or two you will have a tight-knit, low hedge, and over a few more years the potential to possess a tall hedge. A solid, trimmed hornbeam hedge can stand alone in a formal garden with little to distract from it, or can be used behind a mixed border to focus attention on the flowers by providing a consistent, green background.

It is not a specimen tree for a small garden, because it reaches 20 metres without difficulty. It does make for a great park or woodland tree, look at Hatfield and Epping Forests, though, and Carpinus fastigiata with its wonderful, slim column of leaves is suitable for most gardens.

Hornbeam responds well to training. Use it to create tunnels, alleys or more commonly to act as a pleached hedge where the hedge part is raised above the bare trunks. Pleached hornbeam hedges are an elegant boundary wall that divides a garden into different 'rooms', without the enclosed feeling of evergreen hedges. Ham House has a good example of a tunnel of pleached hornbeam emerging from a low-growing yew hedge. Grown in this way, you can cover up the bare trunks at the base, with a combination of forget-me-nots and tulips for the spring and small peonies for summer, or just good old lavender if there is enough sun.

Did You Know?

It has been a highly valued tree for many years because its timber is the hardest grown in this country. There is a venerable tradition of hornbeam being used to create butcher's chopping blocks, piano hammers and pulley blocks. It was often grown as wood 'pasture', leaving room for cattle to graze around the pollarded trees, which were pruned every few years for firewood and small objects like handles. The density is excellent for firewood and for making charcoal.

To see hornbeam at its most splendid, take a trip to Het Loo in Holland to see the Queen's garden, a labyrinth of covered walkways, caves and tunnels all fashioned from hornbeam grown over an oak trellis.
The best example of a pleached hornbeam hedge can be seen at Hidcote Gardens.

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Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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