(13) Hornbeam

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  • Species
    • Hornbeam
  • Botanical Name
    • Carpinus betulus
  • Location
    • On the island in Badingham Drive between Nos. 47 & 48
    • Grid Reference: TQ 15105, 55686
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.287788, -0.35076873
    • What3Words: marked.crowned.brings
  • Identification
    • Hornbeam leaves are very similar to beech leaves, with parallel veins, but have toothed rather than smooth, wavy edges. The shape of the tree is often very elegant, resembling a vase of flowers, and can best be appreciated in the winter. It has long, yellowish-green catkins and the fruits are very distinctive long winged nutlets. The autumn leaves are colourful shades of yellow, orange and russet.
  • About this species
    • The only British bird that is able to crack open the seeds is the Hawfinch.
  • Local information
    • Look out for two other hornbeams close by. Hornbeams are tolerant of heavy clay soil, so when you see them in woodland, you are generally walking on clay.

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