A British native, hornbeam, Carpinus betulus resembles beech, Fagus sylvatica, but is more tolerant of heavy soils.
Takes well to cutting and regenerates extremely well which produces outstanding, dense hedges. British native, Common hornbeam / Carpinus betulus is a valued deciduous hedge for many reason. Being healthy and very hardy, long living and grows in all soil types and also tolerates shade.
When maintained and pruned regularly, Common hornbeam / Carpinus betulus like beech hedges, holds onto its dead leaves well into the winter. When the leaves finally fall, they decay quickly and supply an outstanding means of enrichment to the soil.
We supply Common hornbeam / Carpinus betulus in many formed which include individual hedging plants, elements, as seen below and our unique Elveden instant hedges.