Carpinus betulus Ball shaped


Carpinus betulus ball shaped plants are a British native plant that can be kept clipped tight to keep an immaculate shape.  They are not fussy about soil types and will grow anywhere.  They will hold a few brown leaves over the winter months giving some extra protection but even without leaves the branch structure adds amazing interest to a garden.

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Carpinus betulus ball shaped

Carpinus betulus ball shaped plants are perfectly clipped to give you an amazing shape.  These spherical shape gives great structure to a garden and during the winter months you have the branch structure of the plant adding even more interest.

Carpinus betulus is a sturdy deciduous hedge, that goes by the common name of Hornbeam.  It has green leaves that look similar to those of Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) but are a bit more serrated on the edge and a duller green. Like the Beech it also keeps a proportion of the old leaves on its branches through the winter and into the spring giving a better screening effect.  Although the amount of leaf that is retained is dependent on the location that the plant is in and how exposed to the wind it is, as well as the age of the plant (the older and denser the foliage the more of the leaves will be retained).  The leaves of Carpinus betulus ball shaped plants turn a lovely yellow in the Autumn.

Carpinus betulus is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and growing conditions making them a true general-purpose hedge that reliably performs year after year.   Being a British native the Carpinus betulus will make a great home for wildlife, offering both shelter and food, it can also make a good privacy hedge and a good sound proofing hedge.  It once made up the Native forests of the south east and east of England and was coppiced for fire wood.

With regular trimming Carpinus betulus ball shaped plants can be trimmed up to a very smooth finish which will give a formal look to a garden if wanted, but will also act as a great back drop to any flowering plants that may be in front of it.  Because it is so versatile it is planted by a lot of nurseries  for shelter across there sites.

The Royal Horticultural Society gave Hornbeam an Award of Garden Merit in 1984.


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Carpinus betulus topiary

100cm ball, 140cm ball, 160cm ball, 80cm Ball

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