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.

Identification difficulty

Woods and hedgerows.

When to see it

In flower - April and May.

Life History

Deciduous - Many local specimens may be the result of unrecorded planting.

UK Status

Mainly found in south-east England and East Anglia, though also occasional elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 70 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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