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The pleached frames of Carpinus betulus on the Barcham Trees nursery
The pleached frames of Carpinus betulus on the Barcham Trees nursery
The foliage of Carpinus betulus in detail
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Carpinus betulus (Pleached)


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Carpinus betulus, also known as the European or Common Hornbeam are a wonderful native specimen that is very popular for pleaching in the UK owing to its propensity to hold onto its leaf during the winter months.

The common Hornbeam has characteristic grey fluted trunk with ovate, ribbed and serrated leaves (catkins appear in late spring) that turn a lovely clear yellow in autumn.  When pleached, or turned into a hedging plant, this tree will often retain its brown leaves into the winter, subject to climate and site conditions.

Medium pleached trees have a 1.8m clear stem and are trained onto a flat frame which measures approximately 1m high x 1.2m wide instant have a 1.8m clear stem with frames approximately 2m x 2m Trees trained in this way will require regular maintenance to prune back and tie any loose branches back onto the frames. Pleached panels can be extremely effective for improving privacy in small urban gardens, and like any pleached tree, have the benefit of doing this without reducing the living space in the garden.

To from an instant screen you can plant these trees 1.2m apart so each panel will meet the next.

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.

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

Why do some trees hold onto dead leaves?

Mature height: 3m (if maintained)

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Screening above the fence,
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Clay, Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Pleached tree,

Planting Video

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.