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Trees (Native British)

12 13 A medium sized, rounded tree, similar to Beech, but with serrated edged leaves, older trees having a twisted, fluted bole. Hornbeam is more common in the south where it was highly valued and managed most often by pollarding. It tolerates hard pruning well and is useful as garden hedging as it grows well in partial shade. The wood is very heavy and strong. The name Hornbeam originates from its use in oxen yokes the beam between the horns. The timbers resistance to wear made it useful for cogs in machinery, pulleys, mallets, chopping blocks and certain piano components. Sometimes known as candlewood it makes a bright fire when seasoned and a good quality charcoal. HORNBEAm Carpinus betulus
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