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Carpinus betulus

Suitable for any normal soil and position and 
Ultimate Height80ft (24m)Exposed/WindyYes
Hedge Height3ft+ (90cm+)Damp ShadeYes
Av. Growth/Year*1-2ft (30-60cm)Dry ShadeNo
Wet SitesYes
NativeYesCoastal AreasNo
EvergreenD *Chalky SoilYes

This plant has been awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit.Award of Garden Merit
Av. Growth/Year* = Average growth per year in first 10-20 years, click here for more details.

HORNBEAM (Carpinus betulus)
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Hornbeam hedge at Garden Centre.

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. Shade tolerant. For an upright, fastigiate form click here.
HEDGE Retains brown foliage in winter, especially if pruned in late summer. For hedges 3ft (90cm) upwards. Plant 9-18ins (23-45cm) apart or for a denser or stock-proof hedge plant in a staggered double row with 15ins (38cm) between rows and 18ins (45cm) between plants. Hornbeam is also excellent for pleaching.
TREE 20ft x 12ft (6m x 3.7m) in 20 years, ultimate height 80ft (24m).

Click here to check availabilityCalculate how many plants required for a length of hedge

 Price per plant for 
 Sd 1-1.5ft
30-45 cm
 Tr 2-3ft
60-90 cm
 Tr 3-4ft
90-120 cm
 Tr 4-5ft
125-150 cm
 Tr 5-6ft
150-175 cm
 Pg 3L 
 CG10 16-24ins
20-40 cm

Tr = Transplanted, click here for more details.
Sd = Bare rooted seedling.
CG10 = Bundle of 10 cell-grown plants, click here for more details.
We can only sell bare-rooted/transplanted plants when they are dormant. Depending on the weather this is normally between November and March. We only charge for goods paid by credit/debit cards when they are despatched.


Please enter length of hedge you require below. The number of plants and price for these will then be shown on the right hand side.

Length of Hedge

Cell grown plants only available in packs of 10, so the price shown is for the number of packs required to get at least the number of plants shown.

Planting Distance9ins/23cm
Single Row
Single Row
Double Row
No Plants   
Sd  1-1.5ft
30-45 cm
Tr   2-3ft
60-90 cm
Tr   3-4ft
90-120 cm
Tr   4-5ft
125-150 cm
Tr   5-6ft
150-175 cm
CG  16-24ins
20-40 cm

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