Scientific Name: Carpinus betulus
Nativity: Western Asia; Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
The European hornbeam, also called the common hornbeam, is a common tree in the art of topiary. Topiary is the practice of clipping woody plants into specific ornamental shapes. Specifically, this tree is a favorite among those involved in pleaching, which is a type of topiary where branches are interwoven to create cover over a patio, walkway, etc. The leaves are haemostatic, which causes bleeding to stop, and have been traditionally used as compression wraps on wounds. Additionally, distilled water mixed with the leaves is an effective eye lotion.
DBH: 3.5 inches