Hornbeam - Carpinus betulus

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map