Beech vs. Hornbeam

The differences between two of the most popular hedging plants –  Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

These two plant species are very similar but there are some notable differences…

Similarities:

  • Both keep their leaves in winter but Beech does it better
  • Both are native
  • Both are available as bare root, pot grown, cell grown and also instant hedging

Differences:

  • Beech leaves are glossier and thinner – Hornbeam are a more matt green, with deep veins and a slightly serrated edge
  • Beech winter leaves are a bright copper colour – Hornbeam are a darker, grey-brown
  • Beech doesn’t like to be in damp soil – Hornbeam is happy in a moist but not waterlogged site
Beech
Beech
Hornbeam
Hornbeam