Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya carpinifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hop Hornbeam
Ostrya carpinifolia
Betulaceae

Wood – hard, very tough, close grained. Used for general carpentry[46, 61] and for charcoal[46, 61].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, it normally germinates in spring. The germination rate is variable but usually good[78]. ‘Green’ seed, harvested when the embryo has fully formed but before the outer coat has dried, sown immediately in a cold frame germinates very well. Stored seed requires stratification, 3 months warm then 5 months cold usually works well but germination can take 18 months[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils[11], and growing well on chalk[200]. It succeeds in full sun or semi-shade[188]. Plants are hardy to at least -20¡c[200]. A very ornamental tree[1], but it is slow to become established[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
S. Europe to W. Asia.

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