Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’ – Upright Hornbeam tree 14-16cm girth

Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’ is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with a grey bark that develops ridges with age. It has bright green, ovate leaves that turn to orange/brown in the autumn, catkins that open in spring and clusters of green, winged fruits in autumn (although the hornbeam is deciduous, it will hang onto its leaves long into the winter). The upright form of the Hornbeam has a clear, standard stem and a head of foliage that forms a narrow, columnar, flame-like shape. Reaching a mature height of around 10m, this tree grows well in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-draining soils, thriving on clay. A popular choice for woodland settings, the smaller size of the Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’ means that it can also be planted to provide structure, formality or privacy in gardens, verges, avenues, parks and urban areas. Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit.

If the availability below is not listed as ‘In Stock’ please contact us for more information regarding the item.

We are always updating the stock for sale at our tree nursery, but some varieties may only be available through the winter season.

14-16cm girth



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In stock, available for nationwide delivery or collection.


Too heavy/large to ship by normal carrier. Customer services to arrange.


Not in stock currently, usually only a short order time.


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If the availability below is not listed as ‘In Stock’ please contact us for more information regarding the item. We are always updating the stock for sale at our tree nursery but some varieties may only be available through the winter season.

Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’ – Upright Hornbeam tree 14-16cm girth


  • Size : 14-16cm girth

Girth in CM equates roughly to height in feet. For example: 10-12cm girth = 10-12ft in height.

  • Botanical name/s : Carpinus betulus 'Lucas'
  • Common name/s : Upright Hornbeam
  • Flower / Foliage : Green leaves that turn orange/brown in autumn, most of which hold throughout winter, catkins in spring and green, winged fruits in autumn.
  • Plant type : Deciduous
  • Flowering period : Spring
  • Mature height : 10m+/-
  • Mature spread : 3m+/-
  • Growth rate : Fast
  • Recommended usage : Often planted to provide structure, formality or privacy in gardens, parks and urban areas.
  • Nursery grown : Yes


Once planted, Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’ will need watering throughout the first growing season, but make sure not to over / underwater.

Check tree tie / stake isn’t rubbing and / or too tight or too loose on the trunk.

Check for and remove any dead, decaying, diseased or crossing branches.

Remove any weeds from around the base of the Upright Hornbeam tree (including grass).

  • Position/Aspect : Full sun to partial shade.
  • Soil : Plant in moist, well-draining soils, thrives on clay.
  • Hardiness : Hardy in most places throughout the UK. Tolerant of very exposed positions.
  • Plant maintenance : Low maintenance.

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Order online

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After your Online Shop order has been placed we will send an order confirmation email to the email address provided. This will provide you with details of your order, including the order number, which you should check and retain for your records. If there is an error in your order requirement, please contact us as soon as possible quoting your order number, so that we can rectify prior to dispatch.

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We will take your credit or debit card payment over the phone. Simply call us on 01376 340469 and one of our experienced team are always available to discuss your order.

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Collect your trees or shrubs from our Nursery in Rayne.


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How can I expect delivery from King & Co?

Overnight to your door

We can delivery to you anywhere in England and Wales via an overnight courier service (two days for Scotland & Ireland).

Via Online Shop

Orders placed via our Online shop if placed by 10am Monday –Thursday can be delivered to you the very next day. If placed on a Friday – Sunday delivery would be on Tuesday.

We deliver by national overnight courier service.

Should you require a specific delivery date, let us know in advance and we will arrange for your delivery to arrive on your required date.

Every tree and plant is packed to ensure your order arrives safely.

For large trees or quantities of trees and plants

Please phone us to discuss, we are usually able to deliver to you via a dedicated vehicle.

For local deliveries

We will deliver to you in our local area and we will be pleased to arrange this with you whilst you are visiting our Nursery or via the phone. We also provide a planting service.

Planting service

We have our own installation teams to carry out planting in Southern & Eastern England. Please call us to discuss, we are always happy to provide you a quotation.