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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 Carpinus betulus
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Carpinus betulus Carpinus betulus
28L pot 3.0 - 3.5m Standard Tree approx 8-10cm girth £139.99 (ex. VAT)
Carpinus betulus Carpinus betulus
45L pot 3.0 - 3.5m Premium Standard Tree approx 10-12cm girth £159.99 (ex. VAT)
Carpinus betulus Carpinus betulus
45L pot 3.5 - 4.5m Heavy Standard Tree approx 12-14cm girth £179.99 (ex. VAT)
Carpinus betulus Carpinus betulus
55L pot 4.5 - 6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, approx 14-16cm girth £199.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk).

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

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

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

 

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

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