Latin : Carpinus betulus

We include this image as Hornbeam is sometimes used to make a perfectly good hedge. From a distance it looks like a Beech hedge, but closer examination of the leaves will reveal its lack of shine and a serrated edge to its leaves.

The winter twig

Catkins emerge before the leaf buds break

The new leaves, whilst similar in shape to the Beech don’t have the sheen of a Beech.

Seeds hanging down.

The popular compact conical shape of Carpinus betulus ‘Pyramidalis’, also known as ‘Fastigiata’.

And finally, quite a passibly good autumn leaf colour.