Carpinus betulus, also known as the European or Common Hornbeam are native to Europe and western Asia. Winner of the Award of Garden Merit in 2002, it is closely related to the hop hornbeam, Ostrya carpinifolia.
Carpinus betulus produces hard, finely grained timber with many uses. A large tree with ovate, ribbed and serrated leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn, these handsome trees are best in large open spaces and parkland settings and can be grown as single stem trees or are very useful for pleaching.
Grows well on most soils, including clay and chalk. A useful tree for poor planting conditions.
Good for shade.
Mature height: 17-22m