common hornbeam - hedging range
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March
- Flower colour: vivid-green
- Other features: distinctive, grey, fluted bark
- Hardiness: fully hardy
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A splendid tree with green leaves that turn a rich copper in autumn. As a treeThe Royal Horticultural Society bare root hedging range is a very low cost way of planting a hedge. The bare root plants are only available to buy and plant when dormant. (November-March) These plants, with known seed provenence, are grown in 220 acres of rich Herefordshire soil. As they are dispatched directly from the fields, rather than through a nursery, they are much fresher than imported or even stored plants. RHS bare root plants are grown through low input horticultural methods. Plants are rotated with pigs annually, to improve soil condition. Water is harvested in the winter for use in the summer. No heat or polytunnels are used and, as the plants are dispatched direct from the fields, transport is kept to a minimum.
Vivid green catkins in March, followed by clusters of green fruit, and toothed mid-green leaves turning orange and gold in autumn. Hornbeam is an excellent native tree for a large garden. Pyramidal in shape, it tolerates wet, clay soils and responds well to pruning, making it perfect for training as a formal hedge.
- Garden care: To train as a central-leader standard remove all of the lateral branches on the lowest third of the main stem and shorten the laterals by half on the middle third, making angled cuts to an outward-facing bud. On the upper third remove only dead, diseased or damaged growth and crossing stems. It is essential though that any pruning is undertaken in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant as the sap has a tendancy to 'bleed' if pruned at any other time of the year.
Please note that as we grow the hedging especially for you, we need to take full payment when you place your order so as to reserve stock for you. The bareroot plants will then be despatched to you during November.
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Q:Carpinus betulus for pleaching
I recently bought some Carpinus betulus bare root plants from Crocus, and I am want to grow to eventually form a pleached hedge. However, as I was planting them I realised that many had had their growing tips cut. Won't this restrict their size and their growing habit? Or will I still be able to pleach them? AdamAsked on 15/3/2010 by adam jackson
A:Hello Adam, It is standard practice to snip these back when they are young if they are to be used as hedging plants as this encourages bushier growth. It is unlikely to have a significant impact though in the long term if you want to train them, but you will need to select another leader from the new shoots that emerge in spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Hedging and Osmanthus plants
Dear Crocus, I am looking for two Osmanthus burkwoodii plants but notice on your website that you only offer them for sale in 2 litre size. Do you have any larger Osmanthus burkwoodii plants? I am also looking for suggestions on which plants would make a good hedge. I am looking for something hardy, able to stand the frost, evergreen, not poisonous to horses and if possible, not just green possibly red / purple or variegated, any thoughts? Also, as these plants are grown in Surrey, will they be suitable to grow in the Scottish Borders? Many thanks, JaneAsked on 29/11/2009 by Janey Mitch
A:Hello Jane, I'm afraid we have all the plants we sell displayed on our website so we do not sell larger sizes of the Osmanthus. As for the hedging, if you click on the link below it will take you to our full range of hedging plants. Unfortunately we do not have anything that meets all your criteria, but if you click on the smaller images it will give you a lot more information on hardiness levels (fully hardy means they can cope with the weather in Scotland) as well as leaf colour etc. Unfortunately though I do not have a list of plants which are not poisonous to horses, but your local vet may be able to help you with this. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/plcid.30/ Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 30/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Fruit tree gift ideas
Hi, I am looking to buy my parents a fruit tree/bush for Christmas that can be grown in a container outside. They have a large south facing patio in the South east of England and would have room for a large container, but no space left to plant in their garden! (They already have a pear tree and two apple trees). What would you recommend? Thanks, JennieAsked on 19/11/2009 by Jennie Paterson
A:Hello Jennie, I think the best option may be a bush fruit such as blueberries http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.blueberry/ or the goji berry http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_fruit/bush/berries-etc/kitchengarden/fruit/fruit-and-berries/bush-fruit/lycium-barbarum-/classid.2000012759/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 20/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Blackberries, Raspberries and Blueberries for pots...
Hi guys, I am looking at buying some blackberry, blueberry and raspberry plants/canes from you but was hoping you could answer a few questions before I purchase them. 1. How mature are your plants (ie: will they produce fruit in the coming season)? I am not a UK citizen, but an Aussie here for 2-3 years and unfortunately don't have the time to wait for the plants to mature. 2. As I would like to pass my plants onto friends when I go home, I was thinking of growing them in pots for the next 2 years, what size would you recommend? 3. If they are not mature enough to provide fruit next year, can you supply me some that are (or suggest where I could get some mature ones)? I was looking to purchase the following:- Loch Ness blackberry ,Autumn Bliss and Glen Moy raspberries, Bluegold and Ozarkblue blueberries. I hope that you can help me out, i'll wait to place my order for my compost bin, tools, propagating bits and pieces until I hear from you. Regards, PeterAsked on 31/10/2009 by Peter Irvine
A:Hello again Peter, We only sell the bare-root canes, which are young plants that look like sticks with bare roots ie no soil, or plants in 2 or 3lt pots. Bare root plants are only sold in the autumn as they are dormant now so don't mind being dug up and kept out of the soil for a short period. For larger sizes and older plants your best option would be a fruit specialist. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Peter, If you want more mature plants, then I would avoid the canes and go for ones that are already growing in 2 or 3lt pots. These will be around 2 - 3 years old and although won't produce a bumper crop in their first year, you should get some fruit. Alternatively you could try a fruit specialist for larger sizes like Blackmoor. As for pot size, the blueberries will need a pot at least 60 - 70cm deep and wide filled with ericaceous compost. The blackberries and raspberries will need something even larger, and you can use John Innes No 2 for them. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Good morning Helen, Thanks for your response. Does your email mean that you don't sell the more mature berries I've had a quick look at Blackmoor's, but before I start buying everything I do have one more question, .....on a few occasions I've seen the words 'bare root' - am I correct in assuming this is a plant that has been removed from the ground or pot? Regards, PeterAnswered on 2/11/2009 by Peter Irvine
Hello, Please could you kindly tell me the best time to plant a Hornbeam hedge.Thank youAsked on 21/9/2009 by J MITCHELL
A:Hello There, As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. You can also plant in mid summer as long as you make sure the plants are kept well watered. The best time to plant bare-root hedging is from autumn to late winter. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 21/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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