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Carefully Packaged UK Grown Trees

Carpinus betulus Tree

Common Hornbeam Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

The common hornbeam, with its grey/green smooth bark and fluted trunk is a wonderful, stately, rounded native tree. Ovate, glossy foliage is mid-green and deeply ribbed turning yellow in the autumn. Green catkins appear from late spring followed by clusters of winged fruit. Carpinus betulus is a very useful tree, it makes a good hedge and when clipped correctly will hold its brown leaves for some time when others have fallen, making it ideal for screening purposes.

The European Hornbeam takes well to being trained and is often used for pleaching. The wood can be used for construction or fuel as this tree is suited to pollarding or coppicing. The hornbeam tree will happily grow in a shaded position and is reliably tough. Also, this native tree is attractive to a great deal of wildlife most prominently the hawfinch and several species of moth. As a tree, Carpinus betulus will grow to 10 x 6 meters in 20 years, a beautiful, majestic tree for those who have the space.

AKA European hornbeam

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Carpinus betulus Tree Carpinus betulus Tree
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Carpinus betulus Tree Carpinus betulus Tree
45L pot 3.0 - 3.5m Premium Standard Tree approx 10-12cm girth £149.99 (ex. VAT)
Carpinus betulus Tree Carpinus betulus Tree
45L pot 3.5 - 4.5m Heavy Standard Tree approx 12-14cm girth £179.99 (ex. VAT)
Carpinus betulus Tree Carpinus betulus Tree
55L pot 4.5 - 6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, approx 14-16cm girth £199.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Carpinus Betulus trees

When planting hornbeam trees, such as the European hornbeam, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown hornbeam trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Hornbeam trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Carpinus trees

Hornbeam trees develop a well-balanced canopy with little help from us. Established hornbeam trees only require tidying up, by removing any crossing or damaged branches.

You can encourage young hornbeam trees to form a clear trunk by pruning the lower branches. This will help to raise the canopy and improve the overall look of the tree.

Carpinus betulus Tree (Common Hornbeam Trees) Description

  • Common name: Common hornbeam
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 meters
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Mid-green, deeply ribbed leaves turn yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types but requires a moist, well-drained site