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Ostrya carpinifolia 30-70cm

Ostrya carpinifolia 30-70cm

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Product Description

Ostrya carpinifolia, commonly known as European Hop-Hornbeam, is a deciduous tree that belongs to the Betulaceae family. Native to southern Europe and parts of Asia, this tree is known for its distinctive hop-like fruit clusters and attractive, serrated leaves. European Hop-Hornbeam is a valuable ornamental and shade tree with unique qualities.

European Hop-Hornbeam is a medium-sized to large tree that typically reaches a height of 30 to 60 feet (9 to 18 meters). It has a rounded to oval crown with a moderate growth rate. The leaves are alternate, simple, and doubly serrated, resembling those of the hornbeam (Carpinus) tree, which gives it part of its common name. In the spring, the tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are wind-pollinated. However, what makes this tree especially noteworthy is its unusual fruit clusters that resemble hops, the key ingredient in beer brewing.

The fruit clusters are papery, bladder-like sacs that contain small, nut-like seeds. These clusters persist through the winter, providing visual interest to the tree, even when it is bare of leaves. European Hop-Hornbeam's bark is smooth and gray when young, turning darker and fissured as the tree matures.

Cultivation:

  1. Sunlight: European Hop-Hornbeam prefers full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate some shade, but it typically grows best in sunny locations.

  2. Soil: Well-draining, loamy soil is ideal for this tree. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, as long as the drainage is good. Amending the soil with organic matter can improve its texture and fertility.

  3. Watering: Once established, European Hop-Hornbeam is moderately drought-tolerant. Water regularly during the first few years after planting to establish a strong root system. Afterward, it can generally tolerate dry periods but benefits from occasional deep watering during prolonged droughts.

  4. Pruning: Minimal pruning is required for this tree. Remove any dead or diseased branches and perform corrective pruning as needed to maintain a balanced and healthy canopy.

  5. Mulching: Apply mulch around the base of the tree to conserve soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.

  6. Temperature and Hardiness: European Hop-Hornbeam is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 7. It can tolerate cold temperatures but may require protection in harsh winter conditions.

  7. Pests and Diseases: This tree is relatively resistant to most pests and diseases. However, monitor for common issues like aphids, scale insects, or leaf spot diseases and address them promptly if they occur.

European Hop-Hornbeam, with its unique hop-like fruit clusters and attractive foliage, makes a distinctive addition to landscapes and gardens. It provides shade, visual interest, and a touch of novelty to outdoor spaces while requiring minimal maintenance once established.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

 

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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Plant height: 30-70cm

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