Hornbeam - Carpinus betulus
Tree to 25 metres. Leaves oval, pointed looking somewhat pleated and sharply toothed. Catkins greenish to 5 cm borne with the leaves. Fruit in pendent clusters surrounded by three lobed bracts; small nuts.
Woods and hedgerows.
In flower - April and May.
Deciduous - Many local specimens may be the result of unrecorded planting.
Mainly found in south-east England and East Anglia, though also occasional elsewhere.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 70 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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