95 Hornbeam Carpinus betulus

Family: Betulaceae

This tree, common in western Asia, southern Europe and the south of England has been much used in landscape gardening, mainly as tall hedges and for topiary. The wood is heavy and hard, and is used for tools and building constructions. It also burns hot and slowly, making it a very suitable firewood. The leaves have distinctive corrugations. Catkins appear in November/December