These instant hornbeam hedge plants are a fantastic way to create an instant hedge at a good height to give immediate screening for eye level privacy. Each of these Carpinus betulus hedging trees is 8-9ft (240-270cm) in height from the top of the root ball. These are mature plants that have been regularly trimmed over the last few years to create dense hedging plants that form an instant screen when planted in your garden. Over the next growing season, they will fill out even more.
These plants have been properly root balled in the field meaning that their roots are well contained in plenty of soil with hessian wrapped around them. Being root balled rather than container grown, these plants represent good value for money but should only be planted in the colder months of the year and watered properly in their first year after planting.
Hornbeam screening is a very traditional form of hedging and is native to the UK. The first green leaves of the year are synonymous with the arrival of spring and the leaves will remain green until the autumn when they will turn a golden-copper brown colour. Hornbeam hedges, unlike many of their deciduous competitors, will retain their dead leaves on the hedge for most of the winter and they will only be pushed off by new growth the following spring. This helps a hornbeam hedge to give an added level of visual privacy all year round.
These hornbeam only need to be planted in a single line and in the product photograph they are shown spaced at 45cm (1.5ft) from the centre of one plant to the centre of the next.
Hornbeam trees are well suited to heavier soils but if you are planting during the drier months of the year, it is important to water them properly during their first year after planting. This is best done using leaky hose which is cheap, easy to install and highly effective. See our Accessories page for more details.
More information on hornbeam screening can be found on the hornbeam hedging category page.