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Charm and bower: isolated, hedge or topiary

Charm and bower: isolated, hedge or topiary

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Charm is a must in our forests, but it also adorns many parks and gardens.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Carpinus
Family : Betulaceae
Type : Tree

: 10 to 15 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

: Expired -Flowering : Spring

Charm or bower plantation

The hornbeam can be planted both in isolation and in hedges (bowers). It is indeed as interesting planted in isolation as in hedge in the form of arbours.

In hedges, respect a distance of1 meter between each subject.

  • The charm perfectly tolerates partial shade.
  • He likes situations that are cooler than too hot, especially the scorching sun.
  • The soil does not matter much even if it needs to be kept relatively cool.
  • In any case, follow our planting tips.

If the climate in your region is very hot in summer (midday in France for example), prefer hop charm , a very beautiful ornamental tree, resembling, and better adapted to this climate.

Pruning and maintenance of the hornbeam

Note that the charm is said marcescent, which means its leaves die in the fall but remain on the tree until the following spring.

Only certain climatic conditions such as wind or snow cause the leaves of the hornbeam to fall completely.

  • In hedge, there is no size restriction.
    Prune according to the growth of the tree and the result you want.
  • When the tree is isolated, no pruning is necessary.
    Its silhouette is even an asset when allowed to develop normally.

If you have to prune hornbeam or arbors, fall when the leaves are wilted, this is the best time to prune.

Side disease, the charm is quite resistant and does not present any particular risk in the face of attacks.

Thanks to their great resistance to pruning, the bowers are used in large as well as in small gardens but also in parks.

Arbores are an undeniable part of major topiary art projects.

To know about the charm or bower

Charm is essential in our gardens, our parks and our forests.

Widely used for its white and hard wood, it remains a very beautiful tree in the dense green foliage and soft and soothing shapes.

It is very easy to maintain and does not pose any particular problem. It is therefore an easy tree to grow for all gardeners!

The genus carpinus includes nearly 40 species, the most common of which, Carpinus betulus, is also called bower

Finally, note that the charm is a excellent firewood thanks to his great calorific value.

Smart tip

Choose the bower for your hedges or if you want a fast growing tree!

Also choose their color, because you can have a green or purple hedge.

In either case, these shrubs are deciduous, but their wilted leaves remain attached to their branches during the winter and will only disappear under the pressure of the spring sap.

Finally, if you buy a piece of furniture with charm, know that this wood is one of the hardest there is!

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