Posted: 05/12/2016 at 14:14
I live in the North west of England and both Beech and Hornbeam grow very well here, You can find reasonable size Beech trees growing on top of hills a 1,000 ft above sea level, they are tough. In fact Beech is now colonising in the woods around here due its ability to resist shade, you see thousands of seedlings on th ground under trees. Back in the 1970's seedlings only emerged in occasional years so I guess that points to global warming. Hornbeam is much less common simply because the Victorians planted far fewer, but they also self seed as well.