Using pot grown hornbeam hedge plants are the most effective way to planting a hornbeam hedge and giving it the best chance of establishing quickly. These hedge plants are all 4-5ft (120-150cm) and come in a 7lt pot so their roots are well established and are a much more premium product than bare root hornbeam hedging.
Hornbeam hedging 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, unlike many of its deciduous competitors, will retain its 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 this species of hedge to give an added level of visual privacy all year round.
These plants will put on around 1-1.5ft (30-45cm) of growth a year after planting and should be trimmed at their desired height when it is reached. Being relatively tall, these plants will come close to achieving immediate eye level privacy, especially if planted in a double row.
Carpinus betulus should be planted 45cm apart in a single row (as shown in the photograph) or 60cm apart in a double row.
Hornbeam hedge plants are much more tolerant of wet and heavy soils than beech 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 Carpinus hedges can be found on the hornbeam hedging category page.