Hornbeam | Carpinus betulus
For a single row of hedging, you will need 4 plants per metre; for a double row of hedging, you will need 6 plants per metre.
Hornbeams are a semi-evergreen species and as such are a popular hedging plant. Rather like beech, the leaves remain on the branches all-year-round bringing privacy and security to a garden setting and offering a protective barrier against noise and wind. It works well as a single species hedge or as part of a native hedging mix.
Hornbeams are highly resilient and suitable for a wide range of soil types and conditions and will thrive in full sun or semi-shade.
Naturally found in oak woodland, hornbeams can be coppiced or pollarded and when mature can reach a height of 30 metres. Wildlife enjoy the year-round leaf cover which provides shelter, roosting, nesting and foraging for birds and small mammals.
Catkins appear on the hornbeam in the spring and develop into papery green-winged nuts, known as samaras, in the autumn.
Our hornbeam whips are grown in the UK from UK origin stock.