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Carpinus betulus/European Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus / Carpinus betulus
Relatively young tree in late autumn
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Relatively young tree in late autumn

Close-up of the interesting muscular-like trunk

Late autumn foliage

Used as a clipped hedge or screen

Another view of the clipped plants in spring

Foloage in early spring

A close-up of spring foliage

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Scientific Name: Carpinus betulus
Common Name: European Hornbeam
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Comments: Birds eat the nut-like seeds which mature in the fall. Male and female flowers on same tree. A very popular tree in English landscapes. Trees are often planted to form hedge rows and may be pruned into various shapes to form paths and other passage ways. Makes a handsome lawn specimen although growth is quite slow.