| Hornbeam is very similar to Beech (Fagus Sylvatica) in appearance but its leaves have deeper veins. It tolerates poor soils and exposed sites better than Beech. It is a hardy, native, semi evergreen (holds its leaves through winter although it does tend to lose more leaves than Beech), with green catkins in late spring through to autumn, turning to fruit suitable for wildlife. It's winter appearance is very similar to Beech with copper coloured leaves but they are not as bright in colour as Beech - more of a brown/grey than Beech's orange/brown.|
It is easy to keep Hornbeam to a neat formal shape, or it is often a component in an informal mixed native hedge because it's coppery leaves are kept on the plant and they provide some winter wildlife cover. Clip once a year in late summer (this is important to help the plant retain its winter colour).
Hornbeam likes sun but is shade tolerant and particularly suitable for clay/wet soils. Not suitable for coastal positions.
Prices shown are the price per plant. Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row. Density for pot grown is as shown (varies by pot size). See also our Advice section on Planting Density on the right hand side of our website.
Cell grown and pot grown plants are available all year round. Bare root plants are only available from November to late March/early April.
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