Monday, 4 July 2016
Tree ID: Hornbeam
One of the trees which many people found hard to recognise at the Carnival Tree Quiz was the hornbeam. Some confuse it with beech, but beech leaves are smooth with an untoothed edge, whereas a hornbeam leaf has little teeth all round the edge and even smaller teeth in between. It also has noticeable parallel veins.
Horneam was one of the last species to cross to the British Isles when we were last cut off from Europe (not last week I mean) so it is only truly native in the south-east. There it is quite common to come across woodlands that are dominated by hornbeam.