Hornbeam, Large Trees

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Misc RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry, Wet
Type Native, Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour

Carpinus betulus (Standard)

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6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £66.00Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£61.20Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£57.60
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £97.20Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£88.80Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£75.60
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OUT OF STOCK - SOLD OUT UNTIL AUTUMN 2021

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Carpinus betulus Standard Trees

Hornbeam trees, Carpinus betulus, are fairly large, native, deciduous plants. They will thrive in most conditions, including damp, shady and chalky places. Parkland hornbeam trees have dense, rounded canopies that cast full shade underneath them.
Hornbeam can reach a height of about 20-25 metres. You can also buy a more upright variety - Fastigiate Hornbeam, which is more compact than the common hornbeam on this page. Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Hornbeam saplings here. Browse our variety of large garden trees or view our full range of trees for sale.

How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around.
This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height. Most standards are between 2 - 3.5 metres tall, but this is just an average. We cannot tell you how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

General description of Hornbeam trees:

The green leaves look similar to those of beech, except for the more deeply crinkled veins and the jagged edges. The autumn colour is russet-gold. Hornbeam seeds have 3-lobed wings and are eaten mainly by small mammals.
Hornbeam makes a beautiful parkland specimen, with a rounded, spreading canopy that casts deep shade underneath it.

History & uses of Carpinus betulus

Hornbeam wood is extremely strong and in the past it was prized for weight bearing beams in the walls and roofs of houses. It is excellent firewood, producing almost as much heat for a given volume of fuel as coal.
Hornbeam isn't very good at propagating itself in Britain and Northern Europe. Its seeds can take 3 years to germinate, during which time they are mostly eaten. If a seed does get to sprout, the sapling is unlikely to survive its first year. Hornbeam's true native range in Britain is limited to the South East of England; it is common elsewhere because humans have planted it for coppicing since ancient times.

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    Small box

    (Orders containing only seedlings or rooted cuttings)

    £7.20

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Standard box

    (Bareroots up to
    1.2m & plants in p9 pots)

    £11.40

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Large box

    (Pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)

    £15.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

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    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (Bareroot plants and trees
    over 1.2 metres in height)

    £18.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £120 inc VAT

  • Pallets

    (Root balls, large pots,
    trees etc)

    £60.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £240 inc VAT


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

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