Carpinus betulus

common hornbeam - 60-80cm tall (2 years old bare root hedging)

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25 plants £29.99
available to order from winter 2020
50 plants £59.98 £49.99
100 plants £119.96 £99.98
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Buy Carpinus betulus common hornbeam - 60-80cm tall (2 years old bare root hedging): Our bare root hedging range is a very low cost way of planting a hedge.

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

    Please note that as we reserve these especially for you, we take full payment when you place your order. They are then despatched when we start digging the plants, see despatch date above for the estimated delivery date.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Our bare root hedging range is a very low cost way of planting a hedge. These plants are only available to buy and plant when dormant (November-March). These plants, with known seed provenance, are grown in rich Herefordshire soil to give them the best possible start in life so they are rearing to go by the time they reach you.

    Our plants are 2 years old (1+1) which means they have been grown for 1 year in the seed bed then lifted and grown on for another 1 year in a larger field. Lifting the plant after its 1st year encourages a healthy fibrous root system. The plants are lifted and graded at between 60-80cm tall, which is a good size to plant hedges at to get good establishment.

    To find out more about how to plant a hedge, click here

    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: For best results, plant these bareroot plants out as soon as they arrive into well prepared soil. Hedges should be clipped in late summer or early autumn.

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Eventual height & spread

Hi I will soon be receiving 25 plants from you which I want to form a hedge (planting in May) . Can you give me advise on if I need to prune once planted and if so where and how to give it the best start in forming a bushy hedge


Hello, These should only be trimmed in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant, as the sap has a tendency to 'bleed' if pruned at any other time of the year. At the end of this year then, you can lightly prune stronger shoots, shortening the leaders by no more than a third. Weaker shoots can be cut back harder.


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