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Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) is an excellent windbreak and screening hedge. It is a hardy native hedge, with mid-green leaves, retaining its yellow-brown foliage in winter, especially if pruned in late summer. It produces green catkins from late spring to autumn, turning to clusters of winged fruit. The Hornbeam is perfectly happy in most soils, even poor quality or overly wet soils, and they’ll also tolerate exposed, shady, and windy sites with no issues.
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|Type 1m Trough, 20cm Deep||Height 80-100cm||Age 2 Years Old||Delivery 5 Days||Plants Per Bundle 1||1+ £61.19 £50.99 (£50.99 Per Plant) (£61.19 Per Plant)||2+ £59.99 £49.99 (£59.99 Per Plant) (£49.99 Per Plant)||3+ £58.79 £48.99 (£58.79 Per Plant) (£48.99 Per Plant)||4+ £56.99 £47.49 (£56.99 Per Plant) (£47.49 Per Plant)|
Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) is a hardy native hedge, with mid-green leaves, retaining its yellow-brown foliage in winter, especially if pruned in late summer. It produces green catkins from late spring to autumn, turning to clusters of winged fruit. This makes it an excellent windbreak and screen, and is commonly used in mazes. The Hornbeam hedges are a wildlife haven. The fruits provide autumn food for wildlife.
Hornbeam is another favourite among British gardens, seen throughout the country along hedgerows both planted and wild. It’s a fast-growing semi-evergreen that works great as a privacy screen, making it a popular choice for suburban gardens.
Green catkins appear in the spring before turning to fruit in the autumn. Those lovely green leaves turn a pale yellow around the same time, before turning to light browns while they stick around through the winter. The leaves have troughs and corrugation running through the length of the topsides, giving the entire bush a more textured look. Combined with thick dense growth, this makes our Hornbeam an excellent choice for sound and wind proofing. They’re perfectly happy in most soils, even poor quality or overly wet soils. They’ll also tolerate exposed, shady, and windy sites with no issues.
Our hedgebags are 1m in length which make it very simple to calculate how many are required rather than working out how many individual plants are needed.The Hedgebags provide the Hornbeam with additional root space than our 1m length troughs which means the plants are more established and even better quality.
|Foliage Colour (Main Interest)||Yellow|
|Time to Ultimate Height (years)||50 years+|
|Rate of Growth (per year)||Slow (0-20cm)|
|Soil Moisture||Well-drained, Moist but well-drained|
|Soil Type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Amount of Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Weather Exposure||Exposed, Sheltered|
|Aspect||North-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing|
|Other Features||Thrives in woodland settings|
Plants will not grow where soil contains too little air, insufficient nutrients or where soil moisture is either excessive or insufficient. Pre-planting soil preparation should aim to improve these conditions:
• Loosen the soil generally to eliminate compaction and improve drainage
• Weed the planting area (approx. 30cm each side of the trench)
• Improve soil fertility by using fertiliser, organic matter and lime
• Ideally, assess the need for lime with a soil pH test
• Improving the soil for a wide area (2-3m (6½-10ft) around the plant) is best practice
How to Plant your Tree or Shrub
• Remove plants from containers or fabric wrapping (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee)
• Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system.
• If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting
• With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface.
• Place in the planting hole and refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets
• When planting it is very important that the plant is not planted too deep, plant at the same level as it was at the nursery.
• There will be a clear indication on the stem of how deep the roots were in the ground, planting any deeper can cause the stem to rot and the plant to fail.
How Much Watering to do Once PlantedOne of the most common problems with newly-planted trees and shrubs is drought stress, even during the mildest of our summers the rainfall will not normally replenish the soil with the necessary water the trees need to survive. During the establishment stage it is very important to ensure that the soil around the roots is moist at all times.
Weeding AdviceWeeds, lawns and other vegetation intercept water before it reaches the roots of newly planted trees and shrubs. It is best to keep a vegetation-free circle at least 1.2m (4ft) in diameter around the plant for its first three years to help avoid this problem. Keep the circle weed free through hoeing or use of contact or systemic weed killers. Laying mulch over this circle is also helpful, although take care to leave a collar of 10cm (4in) around the woody stems that is free of mulch, to prevent the risk of rotting the tree bark.
Staking your PlantWhere possible trees and shrubs should be staked as soon as they are planted, this is to prevent wind rock, and the movement of the roots. Most plants will take a couple of growing seasons to become fully anchored in the soil. The stakes should be checked regularly and any that are damaged or not fully supporting the plant should be replaced.
Container plants are available to purchase all year round and can be planted anytime throughout the year too, however, late autumn and early spring are the ideal times to plant as the roots have more time to grow before the stresses of new foliage growth and high temperatures occur. Plants can be kept in pots for months if there is a delay in planting, as long as they are well fed and watered. Larger pots will have bigger and more developed root systems making them suitable for an almost instant hedge row. Potted plants are especially advantagous as their root systems are in tact and protected within their container, promoting fast establishment and immediate growth once planted, unlike other forms such as bare root and root ball where inevitably there is some root damage when theyre lifted.
Dig your hole as deep as the root system of the pot and around three times the width. Widening the planting hole allows for enhanced plant growth by improving soil aeration and reducing compaction.
Always water the plants thoroughly before planting. Tap the base of the container to remove the plant and root ball. Loosen the soil and untangle the roots if they appear too compact. Always handle the plant by the root ball, not by the stem or trunk.
Refill the hole with soil that you originally removed for planting. Fill in around the plant until the hole is around one-third full. Break up any large clod of soil before back filling. Level the plant so it is standing straight in the ground and is planted at the correct depth.
Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants. A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or create a wind break or shelter.
There is no cut and dry rule when it comes to planting density due to the amount of differences in the characteristics of plants. There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge.
Please refer to our run down of recommended planting distances for Potted Plants:
|Pot Size||Recommended Planting Density
|9cm - 3 litre pots||3-5 per metre for a single row|
|9cm - 3 litre pots||5-7 per metre for a double row|
|5 litre pots||3 per metre for a single row|
|5 litre pots||5 per metre for a double row|
|10-15 litre pots||1-2 per metre|
|15 litre pots +||1 per metre|
Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.
Hedge Nursery is the exclusive grower of Royal Horticultural Society Endorsed Hedging plants. Our hedging plants are licensed by the RHS as they are of the highest quality grown under expert nurserymen, with known seed provenance, and because of our great low-input growing methods. Our extensive selection of first class plants ranges from great value bare rooted plants to mature hedging for an instant effect.