Name: Common Hornbeam
Scientific name: Carpinus betulus
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 50
About: A tall forest tree.
How to identify: Most easily recognised by the combination of the smooth grey, 'twisting' trunks, the toothed-edged leaves and the three-lobed seeds.
Where: Native in south east England, frequently planted elsewhere.
Fantastic fact: Hornbeam seeds are a favourite food for the elusive Hawfinch during the winter.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey