This small tree is worth admiration on the Fairway for its clusters of papery, bracted fruits.
Carpinus turczaninovii is one of approximatey 40 species of hornbeams from woodlands of Europe, Asia and North America, and belonging to the birch family (Betulaceae). Members of this genus enjoy well-drained conditions in full sun or partial shade. All species have alternate, toothed leaves with prominent veins, bear catkins in spring, and later show bracted racemes of fruit. Occurring in woodland and scrub of China and eastern Asian this species is upright when young and develops to form a rounded habit. In summer pendent racemes of unequal, lime-coloured, toothed bracts nestle amongst dark, glossy foliage. The name commemorates the Russian botanist Nicolai Turczaninow who first discovered it in 1831, and it was later introduced into cultivation by Reginald Farrer from Gansu, China.