Carpinus betulus

Hornbeam, European Hornbeam, Common Hornbeam

Estimated fully grown height 20m+

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Product Details

Carpinus betulus, also known as the European or Common Hornbeam are shade loving trees that are native to europe and western asia.

Carpinus betulus - winner of the Award of Garden Merit in 2002, is closely related to the hop hornbeam, Ostrya carpinifolia.

Wonderful in a parkland setting, typically found growing in groups near oak trees and sometimes beech. Carpinus betulus are ideal for pleaching (hedge forming by inter-weaving branches between trees). The common Hornbeam is a large tree with a characteristic grey fluted trunk with ovate, ribbed and serrated leaves (catkins appear in late spring) that turn a lovely clear yellow in autumn.

Carpinus betulus is a British native tree producing hard, finely grained timber with many uses. The timber of the Hornbeam has traditionally been used to produce mallets, skittles and even the moving parts of pianos.

It grows well on most soils, including clay and chalk. A most useful tree for poor planting conditions.

Why do some trees hold onto their dead leaves?

Mature height: 20m+

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Avenue, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Screening above the fence,
Looks good in
Autumn, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Clay, Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Autumn colour,
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Information flags
Award, Native,

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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.