Hornbeam Hedging (Carpinus betulus) description
Hornbeam hedging plantsFrom £1.99 | In Stock | Go straight to hedging sizes and prices below > Hornbeam is very similar to Beech (Fagus sylvatica) in appearance but its leaves have deeper veins. Carpinus Betulus hedging tolerates poor soils and exposed sites better than Beech. It is a hardy, native, semi evergreen (holding 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 - see our other reccomended native suggestions. Hornbeam's winter appearance is very similar to Beech with copper coloured leaves but they aren't quite as bright in colour, more of a brown/grey compared to the orange/brown of Fagus sylvatica leaves Ideal for heights of up to 5 metres, Hornbeam makes the perfect hedge for keeping out noise and wind, as well as providing a fantastic privacy screen. Not only a good option if you are looking for privacy, Hornbeam excells in poorer conditions so if you planting with limitations such as shade, clay/wet soils or windy sites then Carpinus betulus may be the right hedge for you. Another use of Hornbeam hedging is within mixed native packs, because while it makes an exceptional single species hedge it also shines when combined with other species. Hornbeam is available in all root types and can be purchased as cell grown, pot grown, bare roots, root balls and instant hedging.
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- Hornbeam Hedging by root type
- Bare root
- Pot grown
- Root ball
- Instant hedging/troughs
- How to grow Hornbeam
- Hornbeam hedge spacing
- Hornbeam hedge pruning
- Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) growth rate
- Carpinus betulus care instructions
- When can you purchase/plant Hornbeam
- Hornbeam alternatives
- Uses for Hornbeam
- Any questions on Carpinus betulus?
- Contact us for help and advice
Other Hornbeam options Have you seen our superb range of Pleached Hornbeam trees? Or take a look at our Ivy Screens for an alternative hedging option.
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|Pot grown Hornbeam|
Grown and delivered in containers, these Hornbeam plants are available for year round planting.
|Instant Hornbeam hedging|
Preformed Hornbeam hedging. Troughs, screens and pleached trees, delivered all year round, ready to go straight into the ground for instant, impactful effect.
|Bare root Hornbeam also see bare root discounted packs > |
A cost effective way to plant Hornbeam hedging plants in the bare root season, November to April (weather dependent). These bushy plants are lifted, whilst dormant, straight from the ground and delivered with bare roots, ready to go into your planting area.
|Root ball Hornbeam|
also see Root ball discounted packs >
Root ball plants are field grown and cared for, before being lifted with the root-mass encased in a ball of soil which is then wrapped in hessian for protection. This growing method often produces exceptionally bushy plants which will be a number of years old.
|Cell grown Hornbeam discounted packs |
|Bare root Hornbeam Discounted Packs |
Additional information for Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) hedge
Hornbeam spacing 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.
Hornbeam pruning 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 growth rate Hornbeam will grow approximately 20-40cm per year, once established and well cared for and ideal for hedges 1.5m - 5m tall
Hornbeam uses Hornbeam makes an excellent privacy hedge and provides a great way of reducing noise and wind. Hornbeam likes sun but is shade tolerant and particularly suitable for clay/wet soils. Carpinus Betulus is not suitable for coastal positions.
Hornbeam availability Cell grown, pot grown and instant hedging plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from November to mid/late May, using cold stored plants towards the very end of the season (see our blog on cold storage)
Hornbeam help & advice If you have any questions on this species, please contact us. You can phone us on 01257 263873, email us at [email protected] or if you'd like to speak on the phone but would like us to pay for the phone call (and why not!) then use our Request a Call Back facility. Just put your phone number in the subject area of this email address [email protected] and one of our experienced advisors will call you back within 15 minutes.
Hornbeam alternatives Hornbeam is often considered to be very similiar to Beech hedging, but has a deeper vein within the leaves. Hornbeam is the hardier option but if you are planting in good conditions Beech retains its leaves slightly better in winter.