Magnificent woodland tree, also useful for hedging
Carpinus betula - Common hornbeam
Deciduous, broadleaf tree
Pale grey bark with vertical markings
Sometimes a short, twisted trunk which develops ridges with age
The twigs are brown-grey and slightly hairy and the leaf buds are similar to beech, only shorter and slightly curved at the tips.
Mature trees can reach a height of 30m and live for more than 300 years.