Hornbeam Hedge - Carpinus betulus

Hornbeam hedging is a hardy native plant similar to Green Beech hedging. It tolerates poor soils and exposed sites better than Beech. A semi evergreen (holds its brown leaves through winter), with green catkins in late spring through to autumn. Hornbeam is also excellent for pleaching.  It is probably the best subject for clipping into a formal hedge.

Its best to plant Bare Root hedging in a double staggered row, and Pot Grown / Rootballed hedging in a single row.

Instant hedging supplied in 100cm wide planter bags as mature clipped instant hedging. 

Plant Spacing:
Bare Root. When planting smaller (60cm and below) plants you will need 6 plants per metre, and for the medium size (60cm and above) you will need 5 per metre, and for the larger size (90cm and above) plants you will need 4.5 per meter. 

Pot Grown / Root Balled. When planting smaller (80cm and below) plants you will need 5 plants per metre, and for the medium size (80cm and above) you will need 4 per metre, and for the larger size (120cm and above) plants you will need 3 to 3.5 per meter. 

Hornbeam Hedge - Carpinus betulus
Hornbeam Hedge - Carpinus betulus
Hornbeam Hedge - Carpinus betulus
Hornbeam Hedge - Carpinus betulus
 
 

Key Facts
Deciduous Likes sun or shade Likes all types of soil Likes moist soil Likes chalky soil Likes clay soil Full hardy
Coastal area friendly Good nesting for birds Autumn colour Annual growth 25cm to 35cm Final height 6.0m Final spread 1.5m

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To give your hedging plants the best start we recommend these accessories. Make sure you also check our helpful hedge planting guides.