Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus hedging

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Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is one of our most popular native hedging plants with an appearance very similar to Beech (Fagus sylvatica) but its leaves have deeper veins and a serrated edge.

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is often mistaken to be Beech due to its very similar appearance, however Hornbeam is what we call semi-evegreen meaning its leave do turn colour in the winter but they tend to stay on rather than drop off like deciduous species. Hornbeams foliage is mid-green with deep veins and turns copper in autumn. The leaves hang on to bare branches throughout the winter providing some year-round cover. Carpinus betulus makes the perfect hedge for keeping noise and wind minimal. It also acts as a fantastic privacy screen.

You can plant Hornbeam alone as this makes for a good feature hedge or you can plant with other native hedging plants and create your own mixed native hedge. 

More Information

  • Berry Colour Green
  • Deciduous Yes
  • Semi Evergreen Yes
  • Evergreen No
  • Flower Colour None
  • Grows Up To 8m
  • Has Berries Yes
  • Is Edible No
  • Is Native Yes
  • Intruder Proof No
  • Privacy Hedge Yes

It is easy to keep Hornbeam to a neat formal shape, or it is often a component in an informal mixed native hedge because it's coppery leaves are kept on the plant and they provide some winter wildlife cover. Clip once a year in late summer (this is important to help the plant retain its winter colour).

1. Select Root Type

Bare Root 

Bare roots are young plants that are only planted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). We lift bare root plants and despatch them during the planting season but they can be pre-ordered in summer to guarantee your stock. As they are cheaper to grow, they are one of our most affordable hedge planting options and the cheapest way to plant a hedge.

Root Ball 

Root ball plants are also seasonal stock as they can only be lifted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). These plants are scooped out of the ground like an ice-cream using machinery to keep their root system intact and wrapped in bio-degradable, hessian sacks.  They are mature plants that provide dense coverage very early on, ideal for when you need a thick hedge quickly. Root ball hedging plants give an instant effect and are a cheaper alternative to instant trough grown hedging. 

Pot Grown 

Pot grown plants can be planted year round and they are our mose convenient option of hedging plants. They come in a wide range of sizes, from 10cm to 2.5m so they're suitable for the majority of planting requirements. From small 2L shrubs to large 15L extra tall hedging, there will be a pot grown plant for any garden type. 

Instant Hedging 

Our Instant Hedging is grown in troughs or bags that measure 50cm-1 metre in length and carefully clipped during the growing season to create a dramatic, instant hedge effect. If you are looking for a quick fix or an instant impact, Instant Trough Grown hedging is the solution for you. 

2. Select Size & Quantity:

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  • Hornbeam 40/60cm 2L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    Hornbeam 40/60cm 2L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    40/60cm
    2L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £7.99
    Planting Density:
    3 to 5 per metre
  • Hornbeam 60/90cm 2L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    Hornbeam 60/90cm 2L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    60/90cm
    2L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £8.99
    Planting Density:
    3 to 5 per metre
  • Hornbeam 90/120cm 5L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    Hornbeam 90/120cm 5L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    90/120cm
    5L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £17.99
    Planting Density:
    4 per metre
  • Hornbeam 150/175cm 10L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    Hornbeam 150/175cm 10L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    120/150cm
    10L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £49.99
    Planting Density:
    3 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Hornbeam 150/175cm 10L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    Hornbeam 150/175cm 10L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    150/175cm
    10L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £55.00
    Planting Density:
    3 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Hornbeam 175/200cm 10L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    Hornbeam 175/200cm 10L Pot Grown Hedging Plants
    175/200cm
    10L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £59.99
    Planting Density:
    3 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Hornbeam 20L 50/60cm 1 Metre Trough
    Hornbeam 20L 50/60cm 1 Metre Trough
    50/60cm 1m Trough
    1m Trough Instant Hedging
    Price £59.99 Was £74.99
    Planting Density:
    1 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Hornbeam Instant Trough 80-100cm 20L
    Hornbeam Instant Trough 80-100cm 20L
    80/100cm 1m Trough
    Instant Hedging
    Price £179.99
    Planting Density:
    1 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

    Pre-order for Jun 2022
  • Hornbeam 200 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    Hornbeam 200 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    200x50x50cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £220.00
    Planting Density:
    2 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

    Requires Equipment:

    Plants are heavy, equipment is required for unloading.

  • Hornbeam 100 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    Hornbeam 100 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    100x50x50cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £149.99
    Planting Density:
    2 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

    Requires Equipment:

    Plants are heavy, equipment is required for unloading.

  • Hornbeam 300 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    Hornbeam 300 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    300x50x50cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £449.99
    Planting Density:
    2 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

    Requires Equipment:

    Plants are heavy, equipment is required for unloading.

  • Hornbeam 120 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    Hornbeam 120 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    125x50x50cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £160.00
    Planting Density:
    2 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

    Requires Equipment:

    Plants are heavy, equipment is required for unloading.

  • Hornbeam 150 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    Hornbeam 150 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    150x50x50cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £169.99
    Planting Density:
    2 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

    Requires Equipment:

    Plants are heavy, equipment is required for unloading.

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More Information
Berry ColourGreen
DeciduousYes
Semi EvergreenYes
EvergreenNo
Flower ColourNone
Grows Up To8m
Has BerriesYes
Is EdibleNo
Is NativeYes
Intruder ProofNo
Privacy HedgeYes

Delivery Information

  • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
  • Our delivery lead time is currently within 3-7 days. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days at present.
  • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £7.99 (box delivery).
  • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £300 or a £30 pallet charge if the order is under £300.
  • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
  • We can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man, but the delivery cost will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on

For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £300 for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £300 please call or email us to agree a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

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