Fast-growing parkland tree, also suitable for growing under other trees, but chiefly known as a hedge plant.
Provided it is correctly pruned, it is possible to develop Carpinus into a hedge of more than 2 m in height and only 50 cm in width within five years. Always clip the plant into a wedge shape at the top; clip at least twice a year. If a few lengths of firm wire are strung through the hedge, long shoots may be tied in; in this way the hedge will reach the desired height and density even sooner. Deadare shed in winter.
Any reasonable garden soil. Propagation From.
Carpinus betulus, common hornbeam: As a tree it grows to 20 m, and is the best-known species. The oval leaves are heart-shaped at the base, one side of theoften being longer than the other. Young foliage is reddish, downy and clearly veined. There are a number of cultivars, but they are less suitable for hedge making.