Key Features:Native tree; Excellent for wildlife; Superbly versatile tree suitable for range of planting locations; Beautiful stately shape; Exceptional & reliable autumn colour
Hornbeam is a handsome versatile deciduous tree quite similar to the more commonly used Beech, Fagus sylvatica. It is a well behaved, long lived and generally pest free tree of medium size that typically reaches 40-60 feet in height.
The foliage opens in spring, a pale chartreuse, and is famous for the attractive golden light that filters though its branches. By mid summer the foliage is dark green, 5-10cm long hanging on wide spreading lateral branches which provide a delightful dappled light throughout three seasons. Finally the autumn display is just about the best of any of our native trees, being a luminous amber glow. The trunk is also handsome and strong, and as the trees ages, it takes on a fluted form. C.betulus thrives in regions where the summers are not too hot and naturally it does well across the UK. An excellent choice for hedging, it also makes a magnificent specimen if allowed to develop to its full potential. Excellent on a wide range of soils, it tolerates both clay and chalky ground and is a worthy choice for tough planting situations. Fully hardy