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Carpinus betulus

Carpinus betulus has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Carpinus betulus - the Common Hornbeam - makes an attractive medium-sized tree, reaching about 6m after 10 years in good conditions.

Green catkins are produced in the spring, eventually followed by winged seeds.

The green serrated ribbed leaves turn yellow in the autumn.

Although normally grown as a free-standing tree, the Common Hornbeam can be used for hedging, and is also a good subject for topiary and pleaching.


Carpinus betulus hornbeam for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £37.00
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year bare-root tree £39.00
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • 32-year pot-grown tree £65.00
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
    Sorry we have sold out for this season
Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

How to grow

Carpinus betulus will grow in most soils including wet soils, or chalk. For best autumn leaf colours it should be planted in full sun.

Carpinus betulus characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningPrune hard
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsOccasional flooding
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow
  • BarkGrey
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Carpinus Betulus hornbeam