Common Hornbeam

Name: Common Hornbeam

Scientific name: Carpinus betulus

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 50

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About: A tall forest tree.

How to identify: Most easily recognised by the combination of the smooth grey, 'twisting' trunks, the toothed-edged leaves and the three-lobed seeds.

Where: Native in south east England, frequently planted elsewhere.

Fantastic fact: Hornbeam seeds are a favourite food for the elusive Hawfinch during the winter.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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