Making a hedge that covers the entire perimeter of your garden is an excellent choice, in fact, in this way it is possible to offer your own outdoor environments the privacy they need, while also making them much more elegant and refined. There are really many suitable plants for making hedges, among these the hornbeam is one of the most widespread and loved.

The hornbeam hedge is beautiful and elegant. It can be pruned very frequently, even managing to create excellent geometric shapes, without it being affected in any way. Precisely for this reason it is also chosen for the construction of plant tunnels, arches, green sculptures and labyrinths.

A beautiful hornbeam hedge

Robust and resistant, it manages to live perfectly in all weather conditions, even in the intense cold of winter, and is therefore the ideal choice for our gardens. Not only that, it manages to resist perfectly even the pollution that unfortunately exists in the air we breathe; this is an important detail especially for those who live in the center.

Let’s go together to discover then all its features and the best way to take care of this very special plant.

Caprino hedge: description

hornbeam hedgeThe hornbeam is a deciduous tree in possession of a very wide crown and a greyish-colored bark. The leaves are an intense green, with a rounded and notched shape.

During autumn they change color, assuming a dark yellow hue; you don’t have to think that this is a negative side, it is in fact an elegant shade that lends itself well to giving richness to one’s external environments.

The nice thing is that despite the change in color, the leaves do not fall on the ground, as is the case with most trees at this time of year. They remain on the plant until new leaves grow.

Fortunately, the hornbeam is a very versatile plant that adapts to any possible location without any problem. Even if he prefers the direct sun, he is able to grow very well even in areas of partial shade or even completely in shadow throughout the day. You won’t have to pay attention to it being sheltered from the wind.

Care and maintenance of the hornbeam hedge

To give life to a truly wonderful hedge it is very important that you choose very young plants that will be planted in November or in January. All you have to do is plant the hornbeam, making sure there is a distance of about 45 cm between one plant and another.

Therefore, during the hottest periods of the year, spring and summer, the plant will have to be watered regularly and rather abundantly. Also in autumn the waterings will have to be regular, but you will have to moderate the quantity of water used. During the winter it is important to suspend the watering altogether, otherwise you risk the plant suffering from it.hornbeam leaf hedge

Fortunately, the hornbeam does not need particular soils to grow, a plant so undemanding and very versatile. However, it grows better in soils that are drained, fertile and light.

During the period from the beginning of spring to the end of autumn it is important to fertilize the hornbeam hedge in order to guarantee all the nutritional elements it needs to always be luxuriant.

Fertilization must be carried out once a month and must be suspended instead in winter. With the arrival of autumn it is very important to mulch: cover the lower parts of the stem of the plant with a leaf or bark fertilizer.

Hornbeam hedge: the species present on the market

The white hornbeam is available in three different varieties:

  • Fastigiata, in possession of a pyramid-shaped crown;
  • Engraved, whose leaves are really very small and are intensely toothed, almost sharp;
  • Purpurea, which takes its name from the characteristic purple color of its leaves, an even more suggestive plant.

Now you know all the secrets of the hornbeam hedge!
What are you waiting for? Go immediately to buy hornbeam plants to create a simply beautiful hedge in your garden.

And remember that even if you don’t have to create hedges, the hornbeam is excellent for your interior environments. It can also be chosen as an isolated plant.

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Isabelle Walton
I have a degree in philosophy from the University of Birmingham and for over six years writing has been transformed for me from a mere passion into a job in full effects. My house is also my work office, and this is where I am growing a child, my first daughter.