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Shade loving Carpinus betulus

Key Data
Misc Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Wet
Type Native, Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour

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  NUMBER OF PLANTS
SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8 std Plenty of Stock£39.95Plenty of Stock£37.95Plenty of Stock£35.95
8/10 std Plenty of Stock£49.95Plenty of Stock£47.95Plenty of Stock£45.95
£32.12
£32.12
 

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Hornbeam Standard Trees - Delivered by Mail Order from the Nursery with a 1 Year Guarantee

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 an ornamental variety called Fastigiate Hornbeam, which is more upright and 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.

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. It is suitable for pleaching on wires into a flat screen or for pollarding.

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.

Testimonials
Have just had our Christmas tree delivered, and have put it up-the reason for ordering our tree from you was because I have just had a major operation and cannot go out or drive until the new year-I saw your website, and your guarantee if not satisfied you will collect the tree free of charge-I was hoping it would be okay. It is the best tree we have ever purchased! Tall and bushy with lots of lovely branches, the stump cut nicely, it stands up nice and straight And smells absolutely wonderful-thank you so much for helping to make this Christmas very special for us all-we have decided to order our tree from you every year now. We are extremely satisfied customers. Wishing you All a very Happy Christmas. Thank YouTina Langridge
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