An exciting new variety of Hornbeam discovered by chance on a UK tree nursery, ‘Rockhampton Red’ has the same growth characteristics as the widely grown common Hornbeam being a hardy native plant particularly tolerant of poorly drained soil. The leaves of Hornbeam ‘Rockhampton Red’ turn from green to bright red and orange from late September, the colours persisting until November when the leaves turn to nut brown with many of them being retained in the same manner as its parent. A super new plant with great potential for all the same purposes as the usual native Hornbeam – as a specimen tree, for pleaching, topiary or even as a very special hedge!