Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Carpinus orientalis
Oriental Hornbeam

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54deg 350N
5deg 56W
In the wild from Sicily and NE Italy to Iran. The Oriental hornbeam forms a substantial tree as the Belfast Botanic Gardens example shows. It is distinct from the hop hornbeam (see archive) in that it has a leaf with a much more ragged edge. The bracts on the nuts are also much longer. It is an attractive tree with very good autumn colour.
Carpinus orientalis tree

Carpinus orientalis fruit

Carpinus orientalis leaf

Carpinus orientalis trunk

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2007. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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