Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam topiary ball)
Available sizes: From 50cm to 1.5m diameter (and everything in-between)
Root type: Available as containerised and / or root ball depending on the time of year
Lead time: 10 working days
Price: Contact our sales team at [email protected] for our best prices and availability.
Position: Full sun to part shade; it stands exposed sites
Soil: Not fussy- any soil including clay or chalk as long as not waterlogged
Rate of growth: 20-40cm per year
Height: As a tree to 30m tall, but can be kept at 1- 5m
Spread: As a tree to 20m wide, but can be kept at 1- 3m
Flowers: Catkins of yellow-green flowers in spring
Fruit: Winged green fruits
One of the loveliest deciduous plants that can be shaped, hornbeam is a delight in the garden all year. Its lush green, pleated, oval leaves are at their brightest in spring, while in autumn foliage turns yellow then coppery-brown before falling – a few leaves remaining to flicker amid the branches through winter. A UK native, Carpinus betulus is easy and undemanding, and does well in a wide range of gardens – it will even be a success in cold, poorly drained soil or lightly shaded places. We find it also trims remarkably well, making a well-defined topiary shape. Hornbeam holds an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) which is given only to the best garden plants.
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