The 'Lucas' is a delightful variety of hornbeam which has an upright growing habit and takes a columnar form, which broadens with age. A hornbeam tree offers you the benefit of having the colour changes of a deciduous tree and the leaf-retention of a non-deciduous tree as the autumn leaves turn to a crisp yellow colour and they hold on the tree throughout winter. Due to Lucas's upright habit, it makes the perfect specimen tree for the smaller garden and it also works really well when planted as a raised hedge.
Common Name: Lucas Hornbeam Tree
Latin Name: Carpinus betulus 'Lucas'
Soil: Any moist but well drained
Position: Full sun or light shade
Flowering period: Spring
Flowering colour: Green catkins
Eventual height/spread: 7m/3.5m