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.
Ostrya carpinifolia
European hop-hornbeam

Tag -
54 deg 34.933N
5 deg 55.981W

Ostrya carpinifolia, the European hop-hornbeam is superficially very similar to the Eastern hop-hornbeam Ostrya virginiana an avenue of which have recently been planted between the PEC and the car park. The European hop-hornbeam is native from SE France to the Caucasus Mountains. The leaves of the hop-hornbeams are also very similar to the hornbeams (Carpinus genus - eg Carpinus betulus, the common hornbeam native to England, but not to Ireland) as the latin species name carpinifolia suggests.

The European hop-hornbeam makes a medium sized tree to about 25m and can be seen as a handsome street tree in towns in southern France. The young tree in Belfast Botanic Gardens, close to the bandstand, is producing catkins, but has not yet produced fruit. It is, perhaps, unlikely to set viable seed in this country.

Ostrya carpinifolia in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Ostrya carpinifolia leaves

Ostrya carpinifolia in Belfast Botanic Gardens Ostrya carpinifolia leaves
Ostrya carpinifolia bark Ostrya carpinifolia catkins in autumn
Ostrya carpinifolia bark Ostrya carpinifolia young catkins developing in Autumn

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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