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Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' Tree

Common Hornbeam Trees
  • £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' is arguably the best Hornbeam for autumn colour. The green, deeply ribbed foliage turns stunning shades of red and orange in the autumn. Carpinus 'Rockhampton Red' provides further interest with green catkins in late spring followed by clusters of winged fruit later in the year.

This tough hornbeam tree is tolerant of most soil types including chalk and can cope admirable in exposed locations. Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' has won several awards since its discovery on a nursery in Gloucestershire.

AKA European Hornbeam

  • Common name: Hornbeam
  • Height and spread in 20 years:
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Deeply ribbed green leaves turn red/orange in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types but requires a moist, well-drained site

Planting Advice for Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' Trees

Our pot grown Hornbeam trees can be planted at any time of the years. Prepare by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your intended planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole.

Take the pot off and gently loosen the tree roots, then place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, then fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We advise planting young trees with a stake and tie kit and, if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard.

Aftercare of Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' Trees

If you’re planting Hornbeam in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Keep an eye on young trees 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 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.

Pruning Advice for Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' 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.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

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 assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please 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 1.5-2 metres in height) 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, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

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 to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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