Once a month we will highlight a plant that is both suitable and stylish for the traditional Auckland garden. This month our plant is : 

Carpinus betulus : English Hornbeam

The English hornbeam is a beautiful small to medium sized deciduous tree that boasts an elegant lime green ribbed leaf throughout the spring and summer months. Perfect for either pleaching or as a specimen tree, the hornbeam will add a touch of elegance to any Auckland garden. A native to south east Europe, including southern England, it has established itself well in Auckland, preferring a good warm climate to grow.

Easy to maintain, the English hornbeam is indeed a tree under utilized in the Auckland area.