Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is a deciduous, broadleaf tree found across European and Western Asia. Often confused with Beech due to the likeness in its leaves – its leaves are smaller with deeper furrows and sawtooth edges as opposed to wavy. Often keeping its leaves throughout winter once they have transition to a Golden Yellow / Orange it becomes a haven for wildlife.

As a timber for carpentry and woodwork the grain of Hornbeam is Grain is straight and slightly interlocked. It has a fine, even texture. In terms of colour it is almost white and it is difficult to tell the difference between heart and sap wood. Its density and toughness make it excellent for turning. It finishes well.

Hornbeam is also one of the 12 Healing Plants found in the teachings of Dr Edward Bach.

For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfil their work.

The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies, Dr Edward Bach

Special Notes

  • Allergies: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Hornbeam has been reported to cause skin irritation.
  • Conservation: Hornbeam is not on either the CITES appendix or Red List.


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