The Hornbeam in Purmerend

Hornbeam | Carpinus betulus

To the left of the hill you see a rather extraordinary hornbeam. It can live up to 200 years. If you don't prune it to shape, it can reach a width of up to 10 metres.

The hornbeam is a member of the birch family. Sometimes it is confused with the common beech for hedges: the fagus. Main difference between these two? The hornbeam is deciduous, with the fagus the withered leaves remain on the plant in winter.