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Un­like beech ( Fa­gus syl­vat­ica), which can prove dif­fi­cult on wet clay soils, horn­beam ( Carpinus betulus) is tol­er­ant of most soils, and also re­sis­tant to sea winds. Un­like beech, which holds on to its leaves through­out win­ter, horn­beam leaves fall in au­tumn to cre­ate a most beau­ti­ful fil­i­gree branch sil­hou­ette for a win­ter hedge. It will form pre­cisely the type of sil­hou­ette you want in win­ter, es­pe­cially if it’s given a good prune in late sum­mer. And you don’t have to worry about clear­ing up leaves in spring, as by then the leaves have al­ready gone. AGM.

Height 10m. Ori­gin Europe, Turkey, Iran. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun, part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H7, USDA 4a-8b. Sea­son of in­ter­est Year round.

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