Prefers average to moist, well drained soils in partial sun/shade. Hornbeam Hedging (Carpinus) is a similar hedge type to Beech and keeps its (brown) leaves over the winter if grown as a hedge. Hardy native plant similar to Green Beech with mid-green leaves, suitable for heavy wet soils, and frost pockets. See more ideas about landscape design, garden design, garden inspiration. Known for its nut-brown foliage during winter, hornbeam adds a touch of depth and colour into your garden. Green catkins from late spring to autumn, turning to clusters of winged fruit in autumn providing food for wildlife. Hornbeam Trees: A Field Guide. This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Your email address will not be published. The big sizes on this page will give you immediate impact, and a better hedge in the short term, compared to the smaller sizes. The leaves of Hornbeam Hedging are saw-edged and its fruits are hop like. Dwarf Columnar Hornbeam Growing and Maintenance Tips. If our hedge could float 3 feet or less above the ground, we’d be satisfied. Hornbeam hedging (Carpinus Betulus or European hornbeam hedges) is one of our bestsellers and extremely easy to establish. I’ve read all your posts pertaining to hornbeam hedging, but none quite seem to address our questions about spacing if you are planting young trees that are about 6 or 7 feet tall already. Fruiting catkins conspicuous, to 8cm in length. In plant classifications, the hornbeam tree is often mistaken for a shrub, though in fact it belongs to the same family as the hazelnut tree and yields wrinkly brown nuts, which are not edible. Hornbeam is the food plant for caterpillars of a number of moth species, including the nut tree tussock.  The good news is that every source indicates that the hornbeam is a great choice. The American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) is a deciduous hardwood shade tree that's native to eastern North America.It is part of the Betulaceae (birch) family and has several nicknames, including blue beech, muscle beech, water beech, muscletree, musclewood, and ironwood. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. The American Hornbeam is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Hornbeam will tolerate part sun perfectly. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. The only blight on its historic character? Requires little pruning if growing as a tree but will respond well to harder pruning if grown as a hedge. After the summer growth spurt, deciduous hedges, like beech and hornbeam, need to be pruned before the leaves change colour and fall. Hornbeam, when planted close together, can make an exceptionally dense screen. Best to prune in mid-winter. Hornbeam is easily grown as a hedge and does especially well on chalk & heavy clay soils. The link here suggests planting no more than 45cm apart, but in the pictures these are saplings, which seem to be unavailable here in Ontario. Pyramidal European Hornbeam is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. So worth it! Hornbeam; Shade Trees; Flowering / Small Trees; Conifers Trees; Larger Trees & Paper Bark Maple (New for 2019) Hosta Plants; Order Trees; Contact; Menu; You are here: Home / Order Trees. Hornbeam Hedging Mix. A nasty chain link fence which surrounds the entire yard. This hornbeam will grow to be 45′ tall with a 25-35′ spread. Another good article which gives a step-by-step description of the pleaching process is from the UK Independent newspaper:  https://www.independent.co.uk/property/gardening/like-a-nice-tall-border-for-your-garden-pleached-hornbeam-is-the-way-to-go-948104.html . Carpinus are semi-evergreen trees with attractive foliage and hop-like fruit clusters in late summer and autumn. Beech has spectacular fall color, but Hornbeam’s fall foliage can take on a brown/green tint. Yes, it takes time. Partial Sun/Shade. Catkins appear in late spring which develop into small fruits, feeding hungry birds. Shade tolerant. Justine Hand October 4, 2013. It prefers cool locations to warm ones, and doesn’t like places with a high exposure to sunlight. It can withstand windy sites however Carpinus Betulus is not suitable for coastal position. Hornbeam hedges are primarily associated with the species popular in the United Kingdom, Carpinus betulus. Low Maintenance. It can grow in a wide range of soils from dry fertile soils to heavy clay soil. 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