The Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is very similar to Green Beech although slightly more informal. Hornbeam is ideal for use on heavier clay soils where Beech will not thrive and gives a similar effect holding its bronzed leaves throughout the winter months. The leaves provide food for some animals, including Lepidoptera such as the case-bearer moth Coleophora anatipennella.
Hornbeam plants are shade tolerant and has deeply veined mid green leaves and produces catkins in early summer. To create a thick Hornbeam hedge it should be planted at a rate of five plants per metre.
Hornbeam can also make a valuable addition to a native farm hedge. Mixed native farm hedges are excellent for attracting birds and other wildlife as they play host to insects, berries and other valuable food sources for wildlife. Native mixed hedgerows also offer some winter protection for wildlife.
Our Hornbeam hedge plant stocks are continually changing so please contact us for sizes and plants not listed here.