Hornbeam – Complete Hedging Pack 5m

Carpinus betulus is a fast-growing, 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). Reaching a mature height of 25m, the native Hornbeam will grow well in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-draining soils, thriving on clay. One of the most important trees in the British Isles, Carpinus betulus is often planted as a specimen tree or used to create structure and screening, in larger gardens, open areas or woodland. The hornbeam also copes well with trimming, this means that it can be clipped to form a spectacular dense hedge. Awards: RHS AGM (Award Garden Merit).

This hedging pack contains 25 plants for 5m of hedging, we calculate this based on 5 plants being used per metre in a single staggered row.

Bare Root plants are available from early November to late March. We can take Pre-orders before this time and dispatch the plants as soon as they are available.

5m Hedging Pack


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Hornbeam – Complete Hedging Pack 5m


  • Size : 40-60cm tall plants for 5m of hedging
  • Pack Contents : 25 x 40-60cm tall plants, 25 x 60cm tall spiral guards, 25 x 90cm bamboo canes
  • Botanical name/s : Carpinus betulus
  • Common name/s : 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 : N/A
  • Mature height : 25m
  • Mature spread : 8m
  • Growth rate : Fast
  • Recommended usage : Often used for screening and hedging, a great choice for woodland or open areas.
  • Nursery grown : Yes


Carpinus betulus must be heeled-in firmly around the base of the plants. Bare root plants will benefit from watering in the early stages of establishment.

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 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 even in severe winters.
  • Plant maintenance : Low maintenance.

How to plant your Bare Root hedging pack

1 – If you don’t intend to set the hedge immediately upon arrival, store the plants in a cool, frost free shed or garage.

2 – When planting out, do not remove the hedging plants from the box or bag. Exposure to sun or drying winds may lead to root desiccation and eventual failure.

3 – Do not dig huge planting pits that require laborious backfilling. If the soil is reasonably good, use the notch planting technique. Push your spade 4-6” into the ground,open up a wide slit and place the root in at the nursery soil mark.

4 – Be sure to ‘heel in’ very tight. This is most important to ensure good root/soil contact. After heeling in, you should have to tug the plant quite hard to remove it.

5 – After completion of planting, mulch the hedge with either; plastic, woodchips or similar to trap moisture in, and prevent growth of weed competition.

How do I order from King & Co?

Order online

Your order may be placed via our Online Shop, which is fast simple and secure.

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.

Phone us

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.