Frank P Matthews
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Carpinus or Hornbeam are attractive and easily grown trees. Suitable for heavy, wet, or chalky soils, and a variety of uses including hedging, topiary and pleaching. The oval, furrowed leaves appear in spring along with fruiting catkins followed by stunning autumn colours, varying from yellow through to purple.
Grey fluted trunk, ovate, serrate, ribbed leaves turns yellow in autumn. Green catkins followed by winged nuts.
Gold-lime green leaves turn chartreuse yellow-green from mid-summer. Suitable for specimen and hedging use.
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Narrow as a young tree broadening with age. Fruiting catkins in the spring. Leaves turn yellow and orange in autumn.
Pyramidal habit, narrow when young and broadening as it matures. Good autumn colours of mellow yellow.
Erect pyramidal habit. Narrow as a young tree broadening with age. A particularly good upright form.
Graceful, mushroom-headed tree with steeply pendant branches. Yellow and orange autumn colour.
Autumn display of bright red and intense fiery orange foliage, usually persisting until late November.
A rarely seen American Hornbeam with a columnar shape. Attractive orange, red and purple foliage in autumn.
A rare, wonderful hornbeam. Large, handsome leaves that are boldly ribbed and orange tinted in spring.
Small, wide spreading tree. Purple-brown fruiting catkins. Leaves appear burgundy before turning dark green.
Hardy, slow growing rounded tree with yellow autumn colour. Hanging green/yellow flowers mature to brown catkins.