European Hop-hornbeam - Ostrya carpinifolia

    Alt Name
    Hop Hornbeam

    The foliage of this tree is somewhat pleated and sharply toothed similar to that of the Common Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus). In the spring it produces yellow-green catkins followed by the fruits in pendent clusters surrounded creamy white bracts (resembling hops in this species from whence it gets its English name).

    Identification difficulty

    Usually encountered as a planted tree in parks and other public spaces.

    When to see it

    Flowering (catkins) in spring.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Little recorded in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map