Carpinus betulus 20 PCS fresh seeds, European hornbeam, Common hornbeam, Deciduous tree, Hornbeam seeds, Organic seeds
Carpinus betulus seeds, European hornbeam, Common hornbeam, Deciduous tree, Hornbeam seeds (lat. Carpinus betulus).
A species of deciduous trees from the genus Hornbeam (Carpinus) of the Birch family (Betulaceae). The tree is 7-12 m high, in rare cases up to 25 m. The trunk is up to 40 cm in diameter, ribbed, sometimes slightly twisted. The crown is very thick, cylindrical, rounded at the top. The bark of young trees is silvery-gray, deeply cracking with age. The branches are thin, long; marginal hanging in spring, straight in summer; young shoots are brown, with lentils, glabrous or absent-mindedly hairy.
The kidneys are sharp, narrow, 5-8 mm long. The leaves are oval or oblong-oval, pointed, rounded at the base or slightly unequal-heart-shaped, up to 15 cm long, 5 cm wide, dark green above, dense, almost naked, on petioles up to 15 mm long.
Monoecious plant. Staminate catkins are loose, up to 6 cm long, 1 cm wide. The bract scales are yellowish, reddish-brown and ciliated along the edge, pointed, with 5-7 stamens at the base, the anthers of which are pubescent at the top. Pistillate catkins up to 15 cm long, up to 6 cm in diameter. The fruit wrappers are leathery, 3-6 cm long, three-lobed, whole-edged or toothed.
The fruit is a small, oval, slightly flattened, shiny, brown nut, 3-6 mm in length, with 7-11 ribs, located in the covering leaf. Flowering in April - May. Fruiting in September-October.
It grows in mixed broad-leaved forests, sometimes forms clean plantings. In natural conditions, it grows in the second tier of mixed forests. It grows slowly. Thermophilic, shade tolerant. Winter hardiness is not high. It rarely forms clean plantings.