Carpinus betulus 'Pendula'

Weeping hornbeam

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Pendula' isn't as small as many believe, and it quickly becomes a decent-sized tree which is invaluable at casting summer shade. The second big attraction is the way the leaves flare yellow and then orange before they fall in the autumn. If you have room for two hornbeams, 'Fastigiata' makes a fine contrast with its shape like a gigantic aerial egg, with a thick middle tapering up to point. They grow on any soil, but best of all on heavy clay.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Carpinus

Species: betulus

Cultivar: Pendula

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

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