Hainbuche (Carpinus Betulus)
Hainbuche (Carpinus Betulus), also known as European or common hornbeam, has mid-green foliage with deep veins and changes to gray brown in autumn. It is similar to the European beech, but its leaves have a more irregular surface. In late spring, catkins appear which later become small fruits and are fed on by birds.
Hedges made from Hainbuche (Carpinus Betulus) make an excellent formal feature and also looks good when combined with other native plants to form a mixed display in a hedge.
Care & Advice
It is important that you water the young plants deeply until they establish. Once they have established, they will only need supplemental watering during dry spells.
Apply 4cm of mulch over the planting area to suppress weed and reduce the rate of water evaporation from the soil. However, make sure that the mulch is about 5cm away from the trunk of the tree to avoid rot.
It is easy to keep Carpinus Betulus to a neat formal shape. You can also grow it in a mixed native hedge as its coppery leaves are the tree and they provide wildlife cover in winter. It is recommended to prune only once a year in late summer. This is important in helping the plant to retain its winter texture and color. Prune according to the shape you want to give it as well as how tall the tree has grown. However, when you’ve planted the tree as a standalone, you don’t need to prune it. Its natural look is quite appealing when it’s left to grow on its own.
Feed the Carpinus Betulus plants with an all-purpose fertilizer to promote growth. Follow the instructions in the pack when applying the fertilizer