The timber of the Hornbeam has traditionally been used to produce mallets, skittles and even the moving parts of pianos.
Winning the Award of Garden Merit in 2002 this wonderful native tree is closely related to the hop hornbeam Ostrya carpinifolia.
Wonderful in a parkland setting growing in groups and ideal for pleaching the Hornbeam is a large tree with a characteristic grey fluted trunk and ovate ribbed and serrated leaves which turn a lovely clear yellow in autumn.
This British native produces hard finely grained timber with many uses.
It grows well on most soils including clay and chalk.
A most useful tree for poor planting conditions.
Hornbeam is a super tree to fashion into different shapes. We once had a project that required hornbeam in 8 foot letters spelling ‘Welcome to Doncaster’ and this can still be seen thriving on the Doncaster / Rotherham roundabout off the A1. More normally it is trained into pleach panels to give architectural effect or to provide privacy above fence height.
Please note we have these as clear stem and feathered, so when ordering please specify your preference
Mature height: 20m+
Mature spread: 8-12m