Our choice of Trees
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Lime (Tillia) English Oak
Lime (Tillia) English Oak
Hornbeam Siver Birch
Hornbeam Siver Birch
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
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Ham Down Woodland
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Bere Marsh Farm
Shillingstone
Dorset DT11OQY
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Native Trees
Hornbeam

Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus) is a sturdy deciduous tree superficially resembling Beech.
Height max 30m. Age max 150 years. It prefers low lying rich soils or clays and is shade tolerant. Hornbeam can be coppiced or pollarded and is good for hedges.
This tree is native to Europe and Asia Minor, including southern Britain. It is superficially like beech but is more tolerant of frost and poor ground. The leaves are mid-green and it has green catkins from late spring to autumn, turning to clusters of winged fruit in autumn providing food for wildlife.

The wood is white, hard and heavy, but not flexible. It has few modern uses but it was formerly much sought after, not least for fuel because of its high calorific value. As a tree hornbeam is still highly valued. It will grow on stiff clays, thin gravels and lime rich soils. Ancient stems and pollards are still retained, managed and cherished for amenity. Ornamental hedges, mazes and pleached avenues are increasingly being reinstated.
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