shire slings hornbeam in autumn & elderberry
The beautiful bark and autumnal leaves of the hornbeam, known for relieving weariness:
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Hornbeam is also known as Ironwood, due to its incredibly hard wood. A tonic made from hornbeam is said to relieve tiredness and exhaustion. Its leaves were used to stop bleeding and to heal wounds. Hornbeam is still used today in Bach Flower Remedies to relieve tiredness and weariness: just what every parent of babies and toddlers needs!
Often confused with common beech, the bark of the hornbeam is pale grey with vertical markings, sometimes with a short, twisted trunk, which develops ridges with age. The leaves are a similar shape to beech leaves – oval, toothed and with pointed tips – but are more deeply-furrowed. They become orange to golden yellow before falling in autumn. Hornbeam is monoecious, meaning male and female catkins are found on the same tree. After pollination by wind, female catkins develop into papery, green winged fruits, known as samaras.