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Hornbeam hedge plants description Hornbeam is very similar to Beech (Fagus sylvatica) in appearance but its leaves have deeper veins. Carpninus 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. 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.
How to care for a Hornbeam hedgeIt 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. Carpinus Betulus is 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, 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).
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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