This Hornbeam received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2002.
A tree of medium size and pyramidal habit. It is slender in its youth and can often be seen growing in restricted areas despite the fact that it develops “middle age spread” reaching up to 15m wide.
It is better growing in an open parkland setting and is very effective if left feathered to the base producing gold and orange autumn colours.
It grows well on most soils including clay and chalk.
A most useful tree for poor planting conditions.
In our opinion this clone should be renamed Carpinus betulus Globosum and if care isn’t taken when selecting some are very difficult to prune and manage when older.
Always look out for a straight central trunk tapering to a well defined leader as if the main stem is supplied co-dominant at a low level the tree can never be satisfactorily crown lifted at maturity and the tree gently becomes wider and wider.
For those impatient amongst you, the denser ascending branches can be used to form an instant hedge. Simply plant a four year old tree at two metre centres and hedge trim the tops to achieve immediate privacy.
Please note we have these as feathered of clear stem so please state your preference on ordering
Mature height: 17-22m
Mature spread: 7-15m