Common name: Hornbeam
Height at maturity: 3 to 15 meters
Hardiness: -20°C and more
Plant type: small ornamental tree
Flowering: April May
Flower color: greenish white
Soil type: any type
Use: in the garden, isolated, bonsai
Diseases and pests: resistant to disease
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
A close relative of hornbeam, this beautiful tree is irresistible in spring, with its long, hanging male catkins made up of small greenish-white flowers.
In autumn during fructifications with the appearance of hop fruits, on the golden yellow background of the foliage. Growth is fairly rapid and regular. Very rustic.
If you want to plant a hornbeam in a garden in the South, prefer Ostrya carpinifolia which offers a similar effect, but is more resistant to drought and heat than Carpinus.
Not well known enough, this tree of the Betulaceae family is at the same time easy, decorative and very original.