Carpinus Betulus hedging tolerates poor soils and exposed sites better than Beech. It is a hardy, native, semi evergreen (holding its leaves through winter although it does tend to lose more leaves than Beech), with green catkins in late spring through to autumn, turning to fruit suitable for wildlife - see our other reccomended native suggestions. Hornbeam's winter appearance is very similar to Beech with copper coloured leaves but they aren't quite as bright in colour, more of a brown/grey compared to the orange/brown of Fagus sylvatica leaves
Important Bare Root Care: As soon as you receive your bare root plants place the items upright in a bucket of clean water immediately leaving them for at least 2 hours. Only take plants out as you need them for planting.
Bare root plants must always be planted with wet roots, its not good enough to plant them dry and water them after planting.
Bare root plants should only be planted in good quality, free draining soil to the level they have been grown at nursery. Always make sure they are healed in well and watered immediately after plating and whenever there are 3 or more days of dry weather, in particularly hot periods you may need to water daily during the first year. During bare root season we trade large volumes of stock on a daily basis. In order for your plants to reach you in optimum condition we can only lift a certain number on any given day and while we still estimate our dispatch times to be around 7-10 working days following receipt of your order in some cases this can be longer. In rare cases it can take up to 30 days for your order to arrive, if this is going to be the case we'll let you know as soon as possible about the delay. We always recommed that you order your bare root well in advance.
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