Mature Common Hornbeam Carpinus Betulus Click The Link For Cheaper Bare Root Common Hornbeam
120-180cm:5-9L container, 120-180cm tall.
180-240cm:9-15L container, 180-240cm tall.
Girth 6-8cm: 12-20L container, feathered, *roughly 200-260cm tall.
Girth 8-10cm: 15-30L container, *roughly 220-300cm tall.
Girth 10-12cm: Standard,30-35L pot, around 180-200cm clear stem, *roughly 300-360cm tall.
Girth 12-14cm: Standard,35-50L pot, around 180-200cm clear stem, *roughly 360-420cm tall.
Girth 14-16cm: Standard,50-70L pot, around 180-200cm clear stem, *roughly 420-480cm tall.
Girth 16-18cm: Standard,70-90L pot, around 180-200cm clear stem, *roughly 480-500cm tall.
Girth 18-20cm: Standard,90-110L pot, around 180-200cm clear stem, *roughly 500-520cm tall.
Girth 20-25cm: Standard,90-130L pot, around 180-200cm clear stem, *roughly 520-600cm tall.
*Heights are given as a very rough guideline and can have considerable variation based on species and supplier (each nursery experiences different growing conditions) It may even have been pruned before being sent out so we can only guarantee girth. Trees over 5.5m may include a delivery surcharge based on location and species but we will confirm with you before progressing the order.
Once a mature tree is around 200cm/4 years old then girth is the best measure of value for money. For every girth measurement increment e.g. 6-8cm to 8-10cm, the canopy will be wider, stronger, bushier and the root system larger as it has experienced 12-18 months growth. You can notice larger root systems with potted versions because the pot size increases with maturity. As a very general rule, each one cm girth measurement represents around 30cm growth but this doesn't apply to slow-growing trees.
Rootball means it will not come in a pot but will have the roots wrapped which you need to remove before planting and are available for delivery only between November and March. If listed in a pot, they are available to purchase and plant all year round.
Multistem means several stems starting very low to the ground. Comparing these with the same age Standard and Half Standard, these are typically shorter as growing several stems takes more effort than one stem and the girth measuring system does not apply.
Standard and Half Standard means lollipop shape. Industry definitions (which are not universal) mean Half Standard have around 80-150cm clear stem and Standard 180cm or more. Half Standards will usually be quite smaller than their standard equivalent girth size.
Feathered means it has an obvious single stem with side branching for most of it.
Carpinus Betulus Common Hornbeam
Carpinus Betulus is a particularly fast-growing tree, especially when young. This tree has a very attractive triangular type shape, however, this tree is perhaps more commonly used in hedging. The leaves of the hornbeam are colourful and shiny green. It is in autumn that a real attraction awaits, as they change to a beautiful rich yellowy-orange colour. Frequently, these leaves are retained throughout winter before shedding in spring.
A medium height tree, so, therefore, expect a height of up to 6 metres (20 foot) after 10 years.
Our Common Hornbeam trees are supplied at a height of 1.5 and 2.40 metres in a 5-12 litre container, which means that the tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
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Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £750 for 150cm+ trees might be discounted by contacting us
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.