Hornbeams are fine attractive trees that eventually become quite large, but not quite as big as beech trees.
Look out for fluted, muscular trunks and serrated oval leaves, similar to beech. Drooping clusters of winged nuts become quite conspicuous in the autumn.
Trees provide more benefits the older and larger they are.
Trees support 100s of other living things. This tree provides a medium benefit to insects (biomass of foliage insects).
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As the summer draws to a close, there are one or two tree species that actually start flowering.
One of these is the Japanese Pagoda Tree which comes into flower in late August and can keep going until the start of October. The trouble with this species is that it needs a warm summer to ensure good flowering, and this year, in London at least, it's been a bit disappointing. So while it's warmed up in September, it might not be enough to ensure we see many flowers this year. The best thing to do then, is make a note of where your nearest tree is, hope for a warmer summer in 2022, and come back next September!
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