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Carpinus betulus

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Sd 30-45cm
Tr 60-90cm
Tr 90-120cm
Tr 125-150cm
Tr 150-175cm
Cg 20-60cm
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Sd = Bare Root Seedling, Tr = Bare Root Transplant, Cg = Cell Grown

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Hardy native plant similar to Green Beech with mid-green leaves, suitable for heavy wet soils, and frost pockets. Green catkins from late spring to autumn, turning to clusters of winged fruit in autumn providing food for wildlife. Also, as it retains many leaves in the winter, it provides shelter for birds and small mamals. Shade tolerant. For an upright, fastigiate form click here.

HEDGE Retains brown foliage in winter, especially if pruned in late summer. For hedges 90cm (3ft) upwards. Plant 23 - 45cm (9 - 18ins) apart or for a denser or stock-proof hedge plant in a staggered double row with 38cm (15ins) between rows and 45cm (1.5ft) between plants. Hornbeam is also excellent for pleaching.

TREE 6 x 3.7m (20 x 12ft) in 20 years, ultimate height 24m (80ft).

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Hornbeam is available as:

Sd = Bare Root Seedling
Tr = Bare Root Transplant
Cg = Cell Grown

Bare-Root Plants (including Seedlings and Transplants)

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Seedlings are grown from seed and are typically 1-2 years old. Transplanted plants have been lifted from the ground and replanted. This encourages a better fibrous root system and makes the plant stronger and bushier.

Cell Grown Plants

These plants are grown in small polythene pots (or cells) and can be planted at any time of the year.


Cell Grown are generally available all year. Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

Hornbeam can can either be planted as a single row, or if a thicker hedge is required (for example to keep animals out) it can be planted as a double row.

SINGLE ROW - Plant between 23cm/9ins Single Row and 45cm/18ins Single Row.

DOUBLE ROW - Plant in two rows with plants on each row 45cm (18ins) apart and 38cm (15ins) between each row:

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Plant Sizes for Hedging

We do not recommend the following sizes for hedging as these taller plants are likely to have dropped their bottom branches creating a gap at the base of the hedge:

  • Bare Root Transplant, 125-150cm (4-5ft)
  • Bare Root Transplant, 150-175cm (5-6ft)

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.


Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Hornbeam: Cut back by about one third the leading and long side shoots and repeat during the second winter.

    • SKU
  • Awards
    • Awards
      RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • Native
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
      Keeps brown leaves in winter
    • Keeps Leaves in Winter
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Chalky Soil
      Suitable for Damp Shade
      Suitable for Windy Sites
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      90cm+ (3ft+)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      24m (80ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      30 - 60cm (1 - 2ft)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Bare Root Seedling, 30-45cm (12-18ins)
      Bare Root Transplant, 125-150cm (4-5ft)
      Bare Root Transplant, 150-175cm (5-6ft)
      Bare Root Transplant, 60-90cm (2-3ft)
      Bare Root Transplant, 90-120cm (3-4ft)
      10 Cell Grown Plants, 20-60cm (8-24ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Cell Grown
      Bare Root